enfant terrible

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enfant terrible

A famous person who is known to behave inappropriately, often to others' shock or horror. As this phrase is French for "terrible child," it is typically pronounced with a French accent. If you continue to have tantrums on the court, you will be known as the enfant terrible of tennis. He is the enfant terrible of high society, so of course he wore blue jeans to the gala.
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Les Enfants Terribles Theate Company presents The Marvellous Imaginary |Menagerie at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli on October 26
For Saidi, the gamble has already paid off -- two years after opening Les Enfants Terribles, he is fully booked every night, and plans to open a second venue elsewhere in the city.
In Enfants Terribles, Weiner breaks new ground by analyzing the French mass media to map out the rise of a new figure in the French cultural landscape, the teenage girl.
I'M utterly fed up - if that's not too cruel a pun - with the self styled enfants terribles among our celebrity chefs.
The novel Les Enfants terribles (1929; "The Incorrigible Children"; Children of the Game) is a study of the inviolability of the character of a brother and sister.
From the start, Monteverde's works showed a predilection for literary sources whose dramatic depth kept him away from abstract formalism (his first success, La boule de neige, was based on Les enfants terribles of Jean Cocteau).
His most famous films include the surrealistic Le Sang d'un poete ( The Blood of a Poet, 1932), L'eternal Retour ( The Eternal Return, 1944), La Belle et la bete ( Beauty and the Beast, 1945), Les Parents terribles (1948), Les Enfants terribles (1950), Orphee (1950), and Le Testament d'Orphee (1960).
The drawings are peopled as well by characters from Cocteau's films, such as Dargelos, the brutal schoolboy from Le Sang d'un Poete and Les Enfants Terribles (The Strange Ones, 1950), and Heurtebise, the glazier-angel who guides the hero through the underworld in Orphee (1949).
And now he is moving so suddenly from being one of the most terrible of dance's enfants terribles to one of its Grandest of Grand Old Men.
One reference point might be Jean Cocteau's Les Enfants terribles, of 1950.