Definitions

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

Etymologies

Borrowing from French bête noire (literally "black beast"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • McCormick was an unlikely bête noire for SafeMinds members and their allies.

    The Panic Virus

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