Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.

On the set of Precious, Mo’Nique was often referred to as a bete noire. You didn’t want to be there when 10am rolled around and she hadn’t eaten a damned thing.

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Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Bete noire.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/bete-noire. Accessed 23 July 2024.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “bete noire”, accessed July 23, 2024, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/bete-noire.

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Bete noire. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved July 23, 2024, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/bete-noire

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