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    what is the meaning of 'bete noire'??

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    "bete noir" is literally the "black animal"
    In English we would say the "black sheep of the family" meaning the family member who was a problem or not liked or did something wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony1751 View Post
    "bete noir" is literally the "black animal"
    In English we would say the "black sheep of the family" meaning the family member who was a problem or not liked or did something wrong.
    But the black sheep of a family isn't always a bęte noire (an object of extreme dislike) - bĂŞte noire: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from Answers.com. Some members of the family may quite like him or her.

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    PS A bęte noire doesn't even have to be an animal of any kind. Example: 'I don't much like physics or chemistry. History is my real bęte noire though - I really hate it.'

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    If I may add something to this zoologic conversation ( the subject is zoologic !) bęte noire can be defined as Bob did it that is something ( a field)you hate or dread .

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHOMAT View Post
    If I may add something to this zoologic conversation ( the subject is zoologic !) bęte noire can be defined as Bob did it that is something ( a field)you hate or dread .
    oups zoological not zoologic--> ic/ical ending is one of my bętes noires

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHOMAT View Post
    oups zoological not zoologic--> ic/ical ending is one of my bętes noires
    - a good example.

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