bête noire

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Borrowing 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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally "black beast". This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.

Noun[edit]

bête noire f (plural bêtes noires)

  1. bête noire, pet hate, pet peeve