BEAUTÉ DU DIABLE
Noun phrase. M19.
[French = devil's beauty]
Superficial attractiveness; captivating charm.
Charm, charisma and attractiveness are powerful qualities. When they're possessed by a psychopathic and violent personality, the results can be terrifying. A famous example is the American serial killer Ted Bundy, known for his charismatic ability to charm and his simple, somewhat nondescript good looks, qualities he took advantage of to win the confidence of a number of his victims before murdering them in the most brutal and sadistic manner. While beauté du diable would usually be applied in less extreme cases, Bundy is a potent reminder to never let anyone's charm disarm us to the point of abandoning our usual caution and circumspection in any aspect of life.