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Bête Noire 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam

Bête Noire 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam in real context with authentic examples with synonyms, antonyms and illustrations for GRE and SAT candidates and advanced learners of English

/betˈnwɑːʳ/ US /-ˈnwɑːr/ (noun)

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someone or something that you don’t like or someone or something that annoys you very much, a thorn in one’s flesh or side, anathema, the bane of one’s life, pet hate, bugbear, black beast, pet peeve, pet aversion


A bête noire is avoided by others. It may be a thing that is particularly dreadful or annoying. It may also be a person who is bothersome and is avoided by others.

The phrase may be synonymously replaced with the phrase bane. One may complain about something, saying that it is the bane of his existence. Similarly, one may say something annoying is the bête noire of his existence.

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hero, star

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