bête noire

bête noire

noun \ˌbet-ˈnwär, ˌbāt-\

plural bêtes noires
 

Definition of BÊTE NOIRE

: a person or thing strongly detested or avoided :

Examples of BÊTE NOIRE

  1. a politician who is the bête noire of liberal groups
  2. <doing my own tax return is the bête noire that haunts me every April>

Origin of BÊTE NOIRE

French, literally, black beast

First Known Use: 1828

Related to BÊTE NOIRE

Antonyms: love
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