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.
Puisque, c'est Belameiri qui ira inscrire le seul but du match permettant a son equipe de prendre le meilleur sur sa bete noire.
Incidentally, his Andhra Pradesh counterpart and bete noire Chandrababu Naidu also has a luxury bus provided by his government.
It is also his primary category for critiquing his bete noire, Western body-soul dualism, with its forgetfulness of spirit.
ALAN PARDEW has his second narrative-driven game in a week as Liverpool visit their south London bete noire on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, exuding confidence that he would win the February 20 trust vote, Manjhi on Friday said he would enter the ring like a "wrestler" and not bother about how strong the opponent was even as he slammed his bete noire Nitish Kumar for trying to reduce him to being a "puppet".
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He will share the building with his Telangana counter part and bete noire K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Les coequipiers de Metouali seront super-motives pour remporter contre leur bete noire de cette saison les trois points de la victoire.
Media reports are suggesting that Modi's first target could be his bete noire Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while the second will in probability focus on denouncing the state's progress in the last eight years and outline his strategy to expedite the process.
Mais, a la veille de son investiture, le nouveau chef de l'Etat a tenu, vendredi 2 aout, des propos violents a l'egard d'IsraE1/2l, bete noire de son predecesseur, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, et de nombreux hauts responsables iraniens.