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.

Nearby words

  1. béranger, pierre jean de,
  2. béziers,
  3. bêche,
  4. bêche-de-mer,
  5. bête noire,
  6. bío-bío,
  7. bône,
  8. böhm,
  9. böhm flute,
  10. böhm, dominikus

Origin of bêtise

1820–30; < French: literally, foolishness, equivalent to bête foolish (see beast) + -ise -ice

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Examples from the Web for betise

  • 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

rare folly or lack of perception

Word Origin for bêtise

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

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