Bete noire

Bete noire
Bete noire B[^e]te" noire" [Fr., lit. black beast.] Something especially hated or dreaded; a bugbear. [1913 Webster]

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  • bête noire — [ˌbet ˈnwa: US ˈnwa:r] n [singular] [Date: 1800 1900; : French; Origin: black beast ] sb s bête noire the person or thing that someone dislikes most …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bete noire — insufferable person, 1844, from Fr. bête noire personal aversion, as an adjective, stupid, foolish; lit. the black beast …   Etymology dictionary

  • bête noire — ► NOUN (pl. bêtes noires pronunc. same) (one s bête noire) ▪ a person or thing that one particularly dislikes. ORIGIN French, black beast …   English terms dictionary

  • Bête noire — (franz., spr. bät nŭār , »schwarzes Tier«), Gegenstand des Abscheus oder starker Abneigung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Bête noire — ● Bête noire personne, chose pour laquelle il éprouve une antipathie irrésistible …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bête noire — *abomination, bugbear, anathema …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bête noire — is always written with the final e. The plural is bêtes noires, with both s s silent …   Modern English usage

  • bête noire — [n] trouble adversary, anathema, antagonist, bad news*, bane, curse, devil, enemy, pet hate, plague; concepts 532,674,675,690,728 …   New thesaurus

  • bête noire — [bāt΄ nwär′; ] Fr [ bet nwȧr′] n. pl. bêtes noires [bāt΄nwärz′; ] Fr [ bet nwȧr′] [Fr, lit., black beast] a person or thing that is disliked or feared, and therefore avoided …   English World dictionary

  • Bête noire — The term bête noire (IPAEng|ˌbeɪtˈnwɑr or [IPA|bɛt nwaʀ] ; French for dark beast ) is used to refer to an object or abstract idea that causes fear or has the potential to cause large harm. The phrase is used in several pop culture terms:* Bête… …   Wikipedia

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