- a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded; bane; bugbear.
Origin of bête noire
Examples from the Web for bete noire
Mongenod became by bete-noire; I inveighed against him even as I walked the streets.The Brotherhood of Consolation
Honore de Balzac
- a person or thing that one particularly dislikes or dreads
Word Origin and History for bete noire
"insufferable person," 1844, from French bête noire "personal aversion," as an adjective, "stupid, foolish;" literally "the black beast."
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 bete 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.