bete noire

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bête noire

 (bĕt nwär′)
n.
One that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided: "Fidel Castro, the bête noire of American presidents" (Benjamin I. Page).

[French : bête, beast + noire, black.]

bête noire

(bɛt nwar)
n, pl bêtes noires (bɛt nwar)
a person or thing that one particularly dislikes or dreads
[literally: black beast]

bête noire

A French phrase meaning black beast, used to mean a person or thing that someone particularly dislikes or fears.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bete noire - a detested personbete noire - a detested person; "he is an anathema to me"
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

bête noire

noun pet hate, horror, nightmare, devil, curse, dread, bogey, scourge, aversion, nemesis, anathema, bane, abomination, bogeyman, bugbear, bugaboo, thorn in the flesh or side Our real bête noire is the car-boot sale.

bête noire

noun
An object of extreme dislike:
Informal: horror.
Translations

bête noire

[ˈbeɪtˈnwɑːʳ] Nbestia f negra, pesadilla f

bete noire

bête noire [ˌbɛtˈnwɑːr] n (= bugbear) → bête f noire

bête noire

n to be somebody’s bête noirejdm ein Gräuel sein
References in classic literature ?
I recognized the detested voice of my bete noir, Alick Carruthers, thick as might be expected of the dissipated dog, yet daring to stutter out her name.
He takes John Paul II's major encyclical of 1993, Veritatis splendor, as an example: "Whatever its virtues, nothing is gained by resurrecting artificial contraception as the bete noir of Catholic married life and practice.
Every member of the side knows that in the eyes of his captain the sole criterion is effort: the 'slacker' alone is his bete noir.
On the other hand, CPM's bete noir, Mamata, is fighting a battle of perception to hold on to TMC's minority vote bank, which is critical for her continuation in power in the state.
Interestingly, the SCs have been the traditional voters of SP's bete noir, the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Hunt arrived at Billesley Common as Moseley's bete noir, having plundered points against them as a Birmingham & Solihull player, and, as befitting a teacher, even advising them to do their homework a little better.
But in 2013 Aston Villa's callow back four - his latest bete noir - are doing their best to revive his anti-youth argument.
She uses it as a weapon and is a bete noir to another character, Lisette, who is the fur coat and no knickers type, and is always using comedy to bring her down.
The biggest problem men face is knowing how to shave properly - a conundrum for 45% - while 10% say dark circles around their eyes is their bete noir.
While the Surrey side are in decent form, at least Moseley won't have to face Hunt, a player who has become their bete noir since he joined their rivals three seasons ago.
Not even Callum MacBurnie's four tries were enough to end the season with a win as Bees wing Simon Hunt, Moseley's bete noir, dragged his men to safety.
You can almost feel the pain of the thorn piercing the side of the BHA at the mention of the words, as it continues to wrestle with its bete noir of the 21st century.