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enfant terrible

[ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh] /ɑ̃ fɑ̃ tɛˈri blə/
plural enfants terribles
[ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh] /ɑ̃ fɑ̃ tɛˈri blə/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
an incorrigible child, as one whose behavior is embarrassing.
2.
an outrageously outspoken or bold person who says and does indiscreet or irresponsible things.
3.
a person whose work, thought, or lifestyle is so unconventional or avant-garde as to appear revolutionary or shocking.
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British Dictionary definitions for enfant terrible

enfant terrible

/ɑ̃fɑ̃ tɛriblə/
noun (pl) enfants terribles (ɑ̃fɑ̃ tɛriblə)
1.
a person given to unconventional conduct or indiscreet remarks
Word Origin
C19: literally: terrible child
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Word Origin and History for enfant terrible
n.

1851, French, literally "terrible child" (see infant + terrible). One whose unorthodox or shocking speech or manners embarrass his associates as a naughty child embarrasses his elders. French also has enfant gâté, "spoiled child," hence "person given excessive adulation."

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enfant terrible in Culture
enfant terrible [(ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh)]

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.”

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