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synonyms for bête noire

  • adversary
  • anathema
  • antagonist
  • bad news
  • bane
  • bitter enemy
  • bugbear
  • competitor
  • curse
  • devil
  • enemy
  • foe
  • opponent
  • pet hate
  • plague
  • rival
  • trouble
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How to use bête noire in a sentence

I asked the conductor if he had been at the battle; he burst out laughing like a philosopher, as he was, and said "Pas si bete."
LITTLE TRAVELS AND ROADSIDE SKETCHESWILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
Merimee says of George Sand that he has known her "maigre comme un clou et noire comme une taupe."
FREDERICK CHOPIN AS A MAN AND MUSICIANFREDERICK NIECKS
The weather, being practically the bete noire of our existence, came in for a good deal of abuse.
THE HOME OF THE BLIZZARDDOUGLAS MAWSON
It had been our bête noire from the time five dollars and fifty cents ransomed it at Shasta.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOLUME 14, NO. 81, JULY, 1864VARIOUS
Those two strangers, those doctors who arrived at the Tte-Noire last night, have been making experiments already.
BROTHER JACQUES (NOVELS OF PAUL DE KOCK, VOLUME XVII)CHARLES PAUL DE KOCK
Despite the unpleasant conclusion of our first sance in magnetism, we did a very good business at the Tte-Noire.
BROTHER JACQUES (NOVELS OF PAUL DE KOCK, VOLUME XVII)CHARLES PAUL DE KOCK
Mr. Crosse was perfectly aware that Margery alluded to her master—his own bête noire since the explosion.
THE SHADOW OF ASHLYDYATMRS. HENRY WOOD
Everything changed as soon as her relations with Jupillon and her assiduous attendance at the Boule-Noire were known.
GERMINIE LACERTEUXEDMOND AND JULES DE GONCOURT
Now may ye send her word that ye have found a knight that shall fight with that Pridam le Noire in God's quarrel and yours.
LE MORTE D'ARTHUR, VOLUME II (OF II)THOMAS MALORY
Yonder lies the district called the 'Forêt Noire'--a land of unpleasing atmosphere inhabited by cobblers and clothes-menders.
IN THE DAYS OF MY YOUTHAMELIA ANN BLANDFORD EDWARDS
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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