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bêtise

noun ·tise \bā-ˈtēz\
plural ·tises \-ˈtēz\

Definition of BÊTISE

1
:  an act of foolishness or stupidity
2
:  lack of good sense :  stupidity

Examples of BÊTISE

  1. <writing a sequel to a Jane Austen novel must be regarded as a literary bêtise of the highest order>

Origin of BÊTISE

French, from bête idiot, fool, literally, beast
First Known Use: 1798

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