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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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Enfant terrible del teatro mexicano de Eugenio Cobo Felgueres es un documental festivo y poliedrico que nos invita a conocer y sorprendernos de la figura de un director de teatro, transgresor de las normas y los buenos modales.
Witty and wry, she's lyrically at her best on "A Glass of Right & Wrong," where she is reminiscent of the American enfant terrible of cabaret, Nellie McKay.
He became the enfant terrible of the digital rights management industry when, at 15, he released software that cracked the encryption codes on DVDs.
His homosexually themed Hamlet, brutal Midsummer Night's Dream and taboo-breaking Cleansed have earned him a reputation as an enfant terrible.
Volver es a la vez un regreso a los origenes --el pueblo natal, las actrices de los primeros anos, el mundo de lo femenino como principio y final--, y una ruptura con su estigma de enfant terrible y provocador.
kid to the most popular enfant terrible in the Berlin dance scene when she sold out seven performances of Back to the Present in 2004.
At only 34, this enfant terrible with an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and a growing reputation in Europe already boasts a signature style.
A tribute to the brash works of the enfant terrible of the art world in the 1980s.
Former enfant terrible of France's nouvelle vague gets his own grown-up show, tracing a trajectory from early projects such as Nemausus experimental housing in Nimes to a new national museum of anthropology in Paris.
But how would the enfant terrible Schlingensief--well-known in the German-speaking world for films and videos such as 100 Years of Adolf Hitler: The Last Hours in the Fuhrer's Bunker (1989) and The German Chainsaw Massacre (1990), not to mention Kill Helmut Kohl
WHEN Eric Cantona attempted to kick racism out of football in his own unique style, it was to be a leap of faith that would transform him from Enfant Terrible to Footballer of the Year inside 18 months.
Immensely talented and dangerously fashionable, Jean-Claude Lauzon moved from directing television commercials to become a self-styled enfant terrible of 1980s Quebec cinema.
The 39-year-old prince - known as the enfant terrible of the Belgian royal family - has made headlines by being caught speeding several times.
He described himself as having gone from "the status of enfant terrible to that of `dirty old man' without passing through a decent maturity.
In a February 2001 interview with Lingua Franca magazine about the neoconservative movement, Buckley was asked what his politics would be like if he were "an enfant terrible graduating from college in 2000.