from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided.
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- noun An
anathema; someone or something which is particularly dislikedor avoided; an object of aversion, the baneof one’s existence.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French : bête, beast + noire, black.]
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Borrowing from French bête noire (literally "black beast").
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mccote commented on the word bête noire
Beware bête noire...
December 8, 2006
jmjarmstrong commented on the word bête noire
JM ponders on the black dog being his bête noire.
January 19, 2010