bete noire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bete noire a detested person "he is an anathema to me"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bête noire Something especially hated or dreaded; a bugbear.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Fr., lit. black beast

Usage

In literature:

Brott is of course the bete noire of our friends here.
"The Yellow Crayon" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
His legal bete noire, however, was the Sherman Anti-Trust Law as applied to labor unions.
"The Armies of Labor" by Samuel P. Orth
She would not be known for all time as La Bete Noir.
"Baree, Son of Kazan" by James Oliver Curwood
Gordon was the bete noire.
"Constance Dunlap" by Arthur B. Reeve
Black beast for bete noire is really abominable.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
I did not know that Barrow was the bete noire who did so much to discount Ross's results.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Come, Tete-noir, bonne bete,' said he, patting the savage beast, who with a rude gesture of his tail evinced his joy at the recognition.
"Arthur O'Leary" by Charles James Lever
MY AUNT'S BETE NOIRE.
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
MY AUNT'S BETE NOIRE.
"The Haute Noblesse" by George Manville Fenn
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In news:

'Too Good to Call Passover Cake' bete noire.
Huckabee has a potentially thorny choice to make: If, in 2012, the ceiling of his support remains more or less what it was in '08, Huckabee could end up neutralizing Sarah Palin—and delivering the nomination to his bete noire Romney.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell — the bete noire of Black and Gold fans for his zealous pursuit of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal — is on the cover of this week's Time magazine.
My sharing it–something I would never have done in earlier years–is partly to deal with it and partly in the hope that someone else may be dealing with the same bete noir and find comfort from a fellow struggler.
Romney's shout-out against taxpayer-supported broadcasting, a bete noir of the right for years, came during last week's debate.
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