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enfant terrible (n.)

1851, French, literally "terrible child" (see infant + terrible). One whose unorthodox or shocking speech or manners embarrass his associates as a naughty child embarrasses his elders. French also has enfant gâté, "spoiled child," hence "person given excessive adulation."

updated on October 27, 2012

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Definitions of enfant terrible from WordNet

enfant terrible (n.)
a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others;
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