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enfant terrible
(French)


"Yes, and she’s jolly and we like her lots," added Kitty, who is an ’enfant terrible’.
Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  literally translates as "terrible child", but refers to anyone whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others
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  • "Yes, and she’s jolly and we like her lots," added Kitty, who is an ’enfant terrible’.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • This was Princess Myakaya, noted for her simplicity and the roughness of her manners, and nicknamed enfant terrible.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • …is anything in which I can advise you, from a perhaps somewhat longer career in science, please believe that I shall be delighted to be of aid, and I am quite sure the same obtains with Dr. Holabird here, though he really ought to be jealous, because he is one of our youngest workers—in fact I call him my enfant terrible—but you, I believe, are only thirty-three, and you quite put the poor fellow’s nose out!" Holabird merrily suggested, "Oh, no, Doctor, it’s been put out long ago.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • _Enfant terrible, enfant terrible!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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  • _Enfant terrible, enfant terrible!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • That’s the question of an enfant terrible," and Betsy obviously tried to restrain herself, but could not, and went off into peals of that infectious laughter that people laugh who do not laugh often.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
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Associated words [difficulty]:   enfant terrible , provocateur [6] , carte blanche [8] , noblesse oblige [8] , tête-à-tête [8] , piéce de résistance [9]
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