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 3 June 2023.
The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago Style)
The Effin Word, s.v. bete noire, accessed June 3, 2023, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/bete-noire.
American Psychological Association (APA Style)
The Effin Word. (n.d.). Bete noire. In The Effin Word. Retrieved June 3, 2023, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/bete-noire