bête noire [beyt nwahr; bet French nw] a r Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural bêtes noires . [beyt nwahrz; bet French nw] a r /ˌbeɪt ˈnwɑrz; bɛt ˈnwar/ French a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded; bane; bugbear. Origin of bête noire 1835–45; < French: literally, black beast
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Examples from the Web for bete noire British Dictionary definitions for bete noire noun plural bêtes noires ( bɛt nwar) a person or thing that one particularly dislikes or dreads Word Origin
literally: black beast
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Word Origin and History for bete noire n.
"insufferable person," 1844, from French
bête noire "personal aversion," as an adjective, "stupid, foolish;" literally "the black beast."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Something or someone a person views with particular dislike: “The new candidate for governor is the bête noire of all the liberals in the state.” From French, meaning “black beast.”
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Idioms and Phrases with bete noire bête noire
A person or thing that is particularly disliked. For example,
Calculus was the bête noire of my freshman courses. This phrase, French for “black beast,” entered the English language in the early 1800s. For synonyms, see pain in the neck; thorn in one's flesh.
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