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bete noire Explained

bete noire at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [singular] [Date: 1800-1900; Language: French; Origin: 'black beast']// sb's bete noire// the person or thing that someone dislikes most//

bete noire at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "bete noire":
Dracula, Frankenstein, Mumbo Jumbo, Wolf-man, affliction, anathema,
bane, bogey, bogeyman, boggart, bogle, booger, boogerman,
boogeyman, bug, bugaboo, bugbear, bugger, burden, calamity,
crushing burden, curse, death, destruction, detestation, disease,
evil, fee-faw-fum, frightener, ghost, ghoul, grievance, harm, hate,
hobgoblin, holy terror, horror, incubus, infliction, monster,
nemesis, nightmare, ogre, ogress, open wound, pest, pestilence,
phantom, plague, revenant, running sore, scarebabe, scarecrow,
scarer, scourge, specter, succubus, terror, thorn, torment,
vampire, vexation, visitation, werewolf, woe

bete noire at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

Bete noire at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bete noire \B[^e]te" noire"\ [Fr., lit. black beast.]
Something especially hated or dreaded; a bugbear.

bete noire at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

bete noire
n : a detested person; "he is an anathema to me" [syn: {anathema}]

bête noire at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: etyl » fr, literally ‘black beast’.


* Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /beɪtˈnwɑː/
  • Inter: a » GenAm Inter: IPA » /bɛt ˈnwɑɹ/


    Inter: en-noun » head=bête noire|pl=bêtes noires

  • An anathema; someone or something which is particularly disliked or avoided; an object of aversion, the bane of one’s existence.


    Inter: trans-top » an anathema
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|bèstia negra|f
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bête noire|f
    • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|besta negra|f
    • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|כבשה שחורה|m|f|tr=Kivsá Shxorá

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Manx: Inter: t- » gv|ard-ghwoaieid|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|besta negra|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|bestia negra|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|vildsvin|n, Inter: t+ » sv|fasa|c, Inter: t+ » sv|avsky|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * bugbear
    Category: Category:English terms spelled with Ê -
    Translation: fr » bête noire
    Translation: pl » bête noire