bê·​tise | \ bā-ˈtēz How to pronounce bêtise (audio) \
plural bêtises\ bā-​ˈtēz How to pronounce bêtises (audio) \

Definition of bêtise

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

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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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The first known use of bêtise was in 1798

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“Bêtise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/b%C3%AAtise. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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