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Friday, January 28, 2005

Definitions for bete noire

  1. Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.

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Citations for bete noire
Even more regrettable, as far as Dame Edna is concerned, is the presence of her old bete noire, the extravagantly disgusting Sir Les Patterson. , Daily Telegraph
Never an exceptional student, Andrews somehow managed to navigate the academy's rigorous courses with satisfactory grades, though all forms of mathematics were agonizing to him, remaining what he called his "bete noire" throughout life. Charles Gallenkamp, Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions
Origin of bete noire
1835-1845
Bête noire is French for "black beast."