bête noire

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Borrowed from French bête noire (literally black beast).

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bête noire (plural bêtes noires)

  1. An anathema; someone or something which is particularly disliked or avoided; an object of aversion, the bane of one’s existence.
    • 2022, Spiked (magazine), The UK must stop meddling in Ukraine
      The government knows that the liberal broadsheet press is shot through with anti-Putin, borderline Russophobic prejudice. Indeed, many commentators still blame Russia for Brexit. And so, at its lowest ebb, Johnson’s wretched government has decided to play to the gallery, and generate some plastic animosity towards the bête noire of the liberal elite.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, “black beast”. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

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bête noire f (plural bêtes noires)

  1. bête noire, pet hate, pet peeve