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bêtise

[ be-teez ]
/ bɛˈtiz /
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noun
lack of understanding, perception, or the like; stupidity.
a stupid or foolish act or remark.
something inconsequential or without merit; absurdity; trifle.
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Origin of bêtise

1820–30; <French: literally, foolishness, equivalent to bête foolish (see beast) + -ise-ice
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How to use bêtise in a sentence

  • Frankly—I would put it at such moments—he becomes at last an optical bore or betise.

    Italian Hours|Henry James
  • We should get no clothes fit to wear next week if we committed such a betise.

    Airy Fairy Lilian|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • He immediately stopped his pursuit, exclaiming with a shrug: "Ah quelle betise!"

British Dictionary definitions for bêtise

bêtise
/ (bɛˈtiːz) /

noun
rare folly or lack of perception

Word Origin for bêtise

French, from bête foolish, from bête (n) stupid person, beast
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