Synonyms of bugbear
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anathemaIf something is anathema to you, you strongly dislike it.
• Violence was anathema to them.
bogeyA bogey is something or someone that people are worried about, perhaps without much cause or reason.
• Age is another bogey for actresses.
bête noirea person or thing that one particularly dislikes or dreads
• Our real bête noire is the car-boot sale.
Thesaurus for bugbear from the Collins English Thesaurus
a thing that causes obsessive fear or anxiety