Synonyms and Antonyms of bugbear
something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason
- Communism was once the nation's biggest bugbear.
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 that is a source of irritation
- She hated all the bugbears of modern life, especially those long commutes to work.
aggravation, annoyance, bother, exasperation, frustration, hassle, headache, inconvenience, irk, irritant, nuisance, peeve, pest, rub, ruffle, thorn, trial, vexation
discomfort, fleabite, pinprick
affront, insult, offense (or offence)
affliction, albatross, burden, cross, curse, menace, millstone, plague, sore
anxiety, plight, predicament, tribulation, trouble
hang-up, pet peeve, problem
annoyer, disturber, harasser, mischief, offender