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bêtise

[be-teez] /bɛˈtiz/
noun
1.
lack of understanding, perception, or the like; stupidity.
2.
a stupid or foolish act or remark.
3.
something inconsequential or without merit; absurdity; trifle.
Origin of bêtise
1820-1830
1820-30; < French: literally, foolishness, equivalent to bête foolish (see beast) + -ise -ice
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  • We should get no clothes fit to wear next week if we committed such a betise.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • Frankly—I would put it at such moments—he becomes at last an optical bore or betise.

    Italian Hours Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for betise

bêtise

/bɛˈtiːz/
noun
1.
(rare) folly or lack of perception
Word Origin
French, from bête foolish, from bête (n) stupid person, beast
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