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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.]
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bête noire

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

A French phrase meaning black beast, used to mean a person or thing that someone particularly dislikes or fears.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
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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.
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bête noire

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

bête noire

[ˈbeɪtˈnwɑːʳ] Nbestia f negra, pesadilla f
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bete noire

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

n to be somebody’s bête noirejdm ein Gräuel sein
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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.
Like any good heroine, Bernadette also has a bete noir, officious neighbour Audrey (an expert Kristin Wiig), who lives and dies for the sensitive Galer Street School and its goal of "global connectitude" and who is always on the lookout for "the right kind of kindergarten family."
A political activist throughout his life, Camilleri always urged young people to try to effect change and had memorable sparring matches with former bete noir Silvio Berlusconi, the media magnate turned centre-right politician, and the current darling of the right, League leader Matteo Salvini.
Tafti received $615,000 form George Soros, the Hungarian-born activist, who has funded many liberal causes--and who has funded opposition groups in Iran and other countries, making him a bete noir in the Islamic Republic.
One hopes the reports are based on spurious inputs, and that the left would not abandon its commitment to fight Modi regardless of its differences with their regional bete noir. The alleged left support to BJP seems like fake news.
It was said not as a contemptuous reference to Modi but to make the point that under the democratic setup in India, founded by the stalwarts of the freedom movement, including BJP's bete noir Jawaharlal Nehru, a person can go very far irrespective of his or her origin.
Politics is a bete noir for many and, for probably a minority something that captures their imagination, but at 16-plus surely legislating for involvement is unnecessary and just another "sword of Damocles" dangling over their naive and fragile minds.
Politics is a bete noir for many and, for probably, a minority something that captures their imagination, but at 16-plus surely legislating for involvement is unnecessary and just another "sword of Damocles" dangling over their naive and fragile minds.
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.