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.
See also: terrible
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The Oscar-nominated film-maker, who began his career in television, had a reputation as an enfant terrible of the British movie world.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, who began his career in television, had a reputation as an enfant terrible of the British movie world.
Blackburn boss Hughes was an enfant terrible himself in his younger days, having physical run-ins as he went through his own Old Trafford rite of passage.
Though John insisted on professionalism and was always businesslike, his pose as an enfant terrible was maybe not a pose.
JAN FABRE, the brilliant Belgian theatre-maker, is often described as an enfant terrible (though well into middle age) with his cutting-edge shows resisting any categorisation and relying on the unexpected, the erotic and the shocking.
Haynes was like some celluloid Antichrist damning the Aristotelian unities to hell, ricocheting through time and space between the laboratory of an obsessed scientist, the bedroom of an enfant terrible, and the erotically charged bunkers of a prison.
Petersburg drama school--has always had the reputation of being an enfant terrible.
With "Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist," the Corcoran hangs its hopes on an enfant terrible who's pushing eighty, sporting both earring and hearing aid.
For years, von Trier's been billed as an enfant terrible, but this reputation isn't based solely on prima donna behavior: his control-freak impulses and myriad phobias are those of a latter-day auteur who specializes in the kind of films that play around the edges of genre movies.