Enfant-terrible meaning

äɴ-fäɴ tĕ-rēblə
One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others.

The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.

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An unmanageable, mischievous child.
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Anyone constantly vexing, startling, or embarrassing others, as, in the arts, by outraging conventional opinion or expectations.
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An unconventional badly-behaved person who causes embarrassment or shock to others.
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Origin of enfant-terrible

  • French enfant child terrible frightful

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

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

    From Wiktionary