noun, plural bêtes noires [beyt -nwahrz; French bet -nwar]. /ˌbeɪt ˈnwɑrz; French bɛt ˈnwar/.
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Mongenod became by bete-noire; I inveighed against him even as I walked the streets.The Brotherhood of Consolation|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for bête noire
noun plural bêtes noires (bɛt nwar)
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Cultural definitions for bête noire
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.”
Idioms and Phrases with 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.