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.
Abbott in specific," wrote Michael Quinn Sullivan, Straus' most persistent bete noir, in an email blast.
The principal reason for the federal government insisting on rangers continued deployment in Karachi, though, is that their mandate has since been altered from controlling crime, to chasing the supporters of the interior minister's bete noir Altaf Hussain.
The book also reveals Amarinder's 'attitude' towards the Badals, particularly his bete noir Parkash Singh and how their estranged relationship has had a cascading negative impact on the state and its politics.
His bete noir Vijay Bahuguna and Harak Singh Rawat seem to be on their way out.
A particularly unsavoury episode witnessed soon after Narendra Modi came to power was the manner in which 87-yerar- old Kamla Beniwal, Modi's bete noir, was shunted from the Raj Bhavan at Gandhinagar to Mizoram as though that North-eastern state is India's Gulag.
Starting Saturday in troubled waters under the Bridge, against this wretched, spineless bunch without a win in three, who promptly ditched their bete noir and, predictably, turned up transformed miraculously from petulant little sourpusses into a slick, crack outfit, and won.
SIR - Last week UK politicians of almost all parties lauded an international summit in Paris in which the bete noir was "fossil fuels" (what could be more "noir" than coal?
LAST week, UK politicians of almost all parties lauded an international summit in Paris, in which the bete noir was fossil fuels and the white knight was wind energy, the supposed saviour of Planet Earth.
Our bete noir was that grotesque excuse for a secretary of state, Madeleine Albright.
The alluring Bete Noir, from his 1987 album of the same name, married wonderfully with debutants Loop De Li and One Night Stand; while a triumphant Smoke Gets in Your Eyes harked back to Ferry's first foray into solo work.
In recent weeks, Khatami has emerged as the new bete noir of the far right.