bêtise

noun
bê·tise | \ bā-ˈtēz \
plural bêtises\bā-ˈtēz \

Definition of bêtise 

1 : an act of foolishness or stupidity

2 : lack of good sense : stupidity

Examples of bêtise in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of bêtise

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bêtise

French, from bête idiot, fool, literally, beast

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