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enfant terrible


from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others: The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unconventional badly-behaved person who causes embarrassment or shock to others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others


French : enfant, child + terrible, frightful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French enfant terribleĀ ("terrible child"). (Wiktionary)


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  • One who is strikingly, shockingly unconventional. (From WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008