bugbear
[ buhg-bair ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
probably from obsolete bug ‘bogey’ (of unknown origin) + bear
Synonyms
  • hate
  • bane
  • irritant
  • irritation
  • dislike
  • anathema
Antonyms
  • bravery
  • calmness
  • courage
  • ease
Definition
a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing
Example
He was the hero of one team, but was the bugbear of the other.
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