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 ?
Brott is of course the bete noire of our friends here.
This discarded theory postulates that conflict is caused by a few bete noire (black sheep).
Rupani is considered close to Amit Shah while Anandiben Patel is Shah's bete noire and Nitin Patel is believed to be in her camp.
Jose will inevitably be on the back foot, again, next Saturday evening when his bete noire, Arsene Wenger, attempts to subvert his plans for bus-parking.
The Black & Whites have been Castleford's bete noire in the league and the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
The rise of the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi is one bete noire.
Cette demarche ouvre la voie a une demande formelle d'extradition de la bete noire du president Recep Tayyip Erdogan aupres de Washington.
Le Cameroun, qui est consideree comme la bete noire du onze national (0 victoire face aux Lions indomptables), pourrait etre, selon d'autres, le principal adversaire des Verts, sachant que c'est une selection qui s'exprime mieux a l'exterieur, alors qu'elle decoit souvent a domicile.
Incidentally, his Andhra Pradesh counterpart and bete noire Chandrababu Naidu also has a luxury bus provided by his government.
Now the question is if the BJP withdraws from the DAN, then the Opposition Congress does not need to even issue "Show Cause" notice to their MLAs as their political bete noire - "BJP" - will no longer be going together with them.
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