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

1820–30; < French: literally, foolishness, equivalent to bête foolish (see beast) + -ise -ice
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Examples from the Web for betise

Historical Examples of 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



rare folly or lack of perception

Word Origin for bêtise

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