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Meaning of BETE NOIRE

Pronunciation:  bet 'nwar

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



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

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