noun (plural bêtes noires pronunc. same or /ˈnwärz/)
- A person or thing that one particularly dislikes: great-uncle Edward was my father’s bête noireMore example sentences
- 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.
mid 19th century: French, literally 'black beast'.