Definition of enfant terrible in English:

enfant terrible

Line breaks: en¦fant ter|rible
Pronunciation: /ˌɒ̃fɒ̃ tɛˈriːbl(ə)
 
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noun (plural enfants terribles pronunc. same)

  • A person who behaves in an unconventional or controversial way: the enfant terrible of contemporary art
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    • Though he was just beginning his teaching career, Barth was, at the time, already something of a controversial celebrity, an enfant terrible among European theologians.
    • The 39-year-old looks more like an accountant than the enfant terrible of contemporary Hollywood cinema.
    • The enfant terrible of the British art scene raised a cool £11m last week by selling off a load of old restaurant fittings.

Origin

French, literally 'terrible child'.

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