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English

Etymology

French, literally ‘black beast’.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /beɪtˈnwɑ:/ (or as French IPA: /bɛt nwaʀ/)

Noun

Singular
bête noire

Plural
bêtes noires

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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