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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

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

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  • JM ponders on the black dog being his bête noire.

    January 19, 2010

  • Beware bête noire...

    December 8, 2006