enfant terrible

[ ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh ]SEE DEFINITION OF enfant terrible
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On the literary side of things I am, I fear, a Philistine, or enfant terrible.

She was an enfant terrible, whose friends no one knew, who passed for very wise, and whose lines of intrigue were inscrutable.

The argumentative child is scarcely less trying than the Enfant Terrible.

The youth laughed, but for the sake of 'making a trade' set down his basket and took the 'enfant terrible.'

Of him and of his recruits in South Africa, Churchill spoke with the awful frankness of the enfant terrible.

Wedekind, who to the mtier of the artist joins that of the enfant terrible, strains in this play every nerve to shock.

The enfant terrible is making papa and mamma alike ridiculous by showing us mamma's lover, who is lurking behind the screen.

He has always been rather an unknown quantity, and he is regarded by the powers as an enfant terrible.

Are you going to give me that enfant terrible, Miss Chesney, before you expire?

Every vigorous and vital school of thought soon or late develops this species of enfant terrible.

WORD ORIGIN

1851, French, literally "terrible child" (see infant + terrible). One whose unorthodox or shocking speech or manners embarrass his associates as a naughty child embarrasses his elders. French also has enfant gâté, "spoiled child," hence "person given excessive adulation."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ENFANT TERRIBLE

brat

nounspoiled child
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