from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Something especially hated or dreaded; a bugbear.
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- n. a detested person
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Heaven forefend that the last kind has ever developed for it has been my bete noire through life, more dreaded than upas-dipped arrow, or the tooth marks of a rattler, cobra, or tarantula, a pitiable admission that - for a born dog-lover.