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.]
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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.
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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 ?
Brott is of course the bete noire of our friends here.
Apres cette qualification, l'equipe locale du Senegal se retrouvera, en septembre prochain, face a sa bete noire, la Guinee pour negocier son ticket pour la phase finale.
Mohapatra, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's bete noire, is contesting against BJD's Sabitri Agarwal, wife of former Patkura MLA Bed Prakash Agarwal, whose death in April led to the postponement of polling.
En tout cas, si l'on se fie a l'historique des confrontations entre les deux selections en matchs officiels, on s'apercoit que la Guinee reste l'adversaire le plus complique pour les Verts, pour ne pas dire leur bete noire. En effet, sur les huit confrontations entre les deux nations, l'Algerie s'est imposee a deux reprises contre quatre defaites et deux matches nuls.
War, a bete noire for majority of people of subcontinent has become a fire-cracking game for India.
The third airline was Kingfisher, whose boss, Vijay Mallya, was a protege of Congress-led alliance, now BJP's bete noire. He lashed out at the Modi-led government and banks for 'double standards' in bailing out Jet Airways and neglecting Kingfisher.
Al Bayane : La distribution et la diffusion sont la bete noire du livre amazigh.
Their particular bete noire is the negligent authorities who do not pay heed to the frequent complaints of citizens.
Jesse Norman It is nice to see a particular bete noire of mine in Lincolnshire being addressed nationally and I look forward to transport minister Jesse Norman's conclusions later this year.
Following today's sad farewell at the Kirklees Stadium, Arsene Wenger will be able to emerge from behind the sofa and sit on it to watch his bete noire, Diego Simeone, and his Atletico Madrid side take on - and probably beat - Marseille.
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.