Synonyms and Antonyms of bête noire
something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason
- Doing my own tax return is the bête noire that haunts me every April.
apparition, ghost, phantasm (also fantasm), phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter (or spectre), spirit, spook, wraith
banshee, bogeyman (also bogyman), demon (or daemon), devil, fiend, ghoul, imp, incubus
fright, horrible, horror, monster, monstrosity, terror
bane, curse, enemy, plague, scourge, torment
something or someone that is hated
- In that organization's view, society's number one bête noire should be the drunk driver of a motor vehicle.
dread, hang-up, horror, phobia
bogey (also bogie), bugaboo, bugbear
annoyance, grievance, hassle, nuisance, peeve
beloved, darling, dear, honey, sweetheart
delight, enjoyment, felicity, joy, pleasure
favorite, like, preference