noun, plural en·fants ter·ri·bles [ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh]. /ɑ̃ fɑ̃ tɛˈri blə/. French.
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noun plural enfants terribles (ɑ̃fɑ̃ tɛriblə)
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Cultural definitions for enfant terrible
A person who stirs things up in an irresponsible or indiscreet way or has unconventional ideas: “Doctor Hill keeps writing articles that criticize his fellow physicians; he is becoming known as the enfant terrible of his profession.” From French, meaning “terrible child.”