Definition of bête noire in English:

bête noire

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Pronunciation: /beɪt ˈnwɑː
, bɛt
, bɛt nwaʀ/

noun (plural bêtes noires pronunc. same)

  • A person or thing that one particularly dislikes: great-uncle Edward was my father’s bête noire
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    • Fifth, we know that when push comes to shove, all the grand talk about international norms is often just a cover for opposing the global elite's bêtes noires of the moment.
    • Social obligations are my bêtes noires, necessary evils that I too eagerly create, often enjoy, but nearly always dread.
    • As we'll see, this is the case with Fox, the bête noire of many media concentration activists.
    bugbear, pet hate, pet aversion, anathema, abomination, bogey, bugaboo; a thorn in one's flesh/side, the bane of one's life


French, literally 'black beast'.

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