Enfant Terrible Definition

äɴ-fäɴ tĕ-rēblə
enfants-terribles, enfant-terrible
An unmanageable, mischievous child.
Webster's New World
One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others.
The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.
American Heritage
Anyone constantly vexing, startling, or embarrassing others, as, in the arts, by outraging conventional opinion or expectations.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Enfant Terrible

  • Borrowing from French enfant terrible (“terrible child”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French enfant child terrible frightful

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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