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
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