en·fant ter·ri·ble (äɴ-fäɴ′ tĕ-rēblə)
n. pl. en·fants ter·ri·bles (äɴ-fäɴ′ tĕ-rēblə)
One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others: The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.
[French : enfant, child + terrible, frightful.]
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