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Borrowed from French bête noire (literally “black beast”).

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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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Etymology[edit]

Literally "black beast". This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

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bête noire f (plural bêtes noires)

  1. bête noire, pet hate, pet peeve

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