enfant terrible


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en·fant ter·ri·ble

 (äN-fäN′ tĕ-rē′blə)
n. pl. en·fants ter·ri·bles (äN-fäN′ tĕ-rē′blə)
One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others: The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.

[French : enfant, child + terrible, frightful.]

enfant terrible

(ɑ̃fɑ̃ tɛriblə)
n, pl enfants terribles (ɑ̃fɑ̃ tɛriblə)
a person given to unconventional conduct or indiscreet remarks
[C19: literally: terrible child]

en•fant ter•ri•ble

(ɑ̃ fɑ̃ tɛˈri blə)

n., pl. en•fants ter•ri•bles (ɑ̃ fɑ̃ tɛˈri blə)
French.
1. a person who causes embarrassment by saying or doing indiscreet things.
2. a person whose work, thought, or behavior is so unconventional as to shock.
[literally, terrible child]

enfant terrible

- Actually applies to young adults (generally male) who go out of their way to shock or embarrass but at the same time are considered talented.
See also related terms for shock.

enfant terrible

A French phrase meaning terrible child, used to mean someone who behaves in an embarrassing, disruptive, or unconventional way.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enfant terrible - a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
recusant, nonconformist - someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
Translations
enfant terrible

enfant terrible

n pl <-s -s> → Enfant terrible nt
References in classic literature ?
This was Princess Myakaya, noted for her simplicity and the roughness of her manners, and nicknamed enfant terrible.
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Peter Maxwell Davies: Mass/Missa parvula etc -Westminster Cathedral Choir (Hyperion CDA67454) From 1960s enfant terrible to knight of the realm and Master of the Queen's Music, Peter Maxwell Davies continues to confound critics (some of whom greeted his First Symphony in 1976 with mutterings of selling out) and defy expectations.
Though John insisted on professionalism and was always businesslike, his pose as an enfant terrible was maybe not a pose.
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