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bete noire

[ beyt nwahr; French bet nwar ]SEE DEFINITION OF bete noire

Synonyms for bete noire

  • adversary
  • anathema
  • antagonist
  • bad news
  • bane
  • bitter enemy
  • bugbear
  • competitor
  • curse
  • devil
  • enemy
  • foe
  • opponent
  • plague
  • rival
  • trouble
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Antonyms for bete noire

  • favorite
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BETE NOIRE

And at these words my post-boy started, and released me from my bete noire.

It is a morbid desire to wear the skates on my feet that has always been my bete noire.

The weather, being practically the bete noire of our existence, came in for a good deal of abuse.

It was a solution to her great difficulty, a loophole by which she might get rid of her bete noire, the hated Isabel.

Even the winter snows—forever its bete noire—did not discourage him, not for long, at any rate.

Bradwood, the rival, the bete noire of the banking-house of Mortimer & Co.

At last I lost my bete noire, and found a place close to the door with nothing but a low pile of logs in my front.

WORD ORIGIN

"insufferable person," 1844, from French bête noire "personal aversion," as an adjective, "stupid, foolish;" literally "the black beast."

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