- lack of understanding, perception, or the like; stupidity.
- a stupid or foolish act or remark.
- something inconsequential or without merit; absurdity; trifle.
Origin of bêtise
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Historical Examples of betise
- rare folly or lack of perception
Word Origin for bêtise
French, from bête foolish, from bête (n) stupid person, beast
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