noun bê·tise \bā-ˈtēz\

Definition of bêtise



  1. 1 :  an act of foolishness or stupidity

  2. 2 :  lack of good sense :  stupidity

Examples of bêtise in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of bêtise

French, from bête idiot, fool, literally, beast

First Known Use: 1798

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