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Meaning of BETE NOIRE

Pronunciation:  bet 'nwar

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a detested person; "he is an anathema to me"
 
 Synonyms: anathema
 
 See Also: disagreeable person, unpleasant person

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\B[^e]te" noire"\ [Fr., lit. black beast.]
Something especially hated or dreaded; a bugbear.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: affliction, anathema, bane, bogey, bogeyman, boggart, bogle, booger, boogerman, boogeyman, bug, bugaboo, bugbear, bugger, burden, calamity, crushing burden, curse, death, destruction, detestation, disease, Dracula, evil, fee-faw-fum, Frankenstein, frightener, ghost, ghoul, grievance, harm, hate, hobgoblin, holy terror, horror, incubus, infliction, monster, Mumbo Jumbo, nemesis, nightmare, ogre, ogress, open wound, pest, pestilence, phantom, plague, revenant, running sore, scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer, scourge, specter, succubus, terror, thorn, torment, vampire, vexation, visitation, werewolf, woe, Wolf-man
 

 

 

 

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