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Bugbear

Updated: Nov 25

Pronunciation: [ buhg-bair ]

Definition: noun

1: a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing

2: an imaginary being invoked to frighten children, typically a sort of hobgoblin supposed to devour them

Origin: Late 16th century; English


Etymology: probably from obsolete bug ‘bogey’ (of unknown origin) + bear

Usage:

Synonyms:

  • hate

  • bane

  • irritant

  • irritation

  • dislike

  • anathema

  • monster

  • gremlin

  • hobgoblin

Antonyms:

  • bravery

  • calmness

  • courage

  • ease

Example: He was the hero of one team, but was the bugbear of the other.

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