bêtise

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See also: bêtisé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French bêtise.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /beɪˈtiːz/, /bɛˈtiːz/

Noun[edit]

bêtise (countable and uncountable, plural bêtises)

  1. silliness, folly, stupidity
    • 1840, M. A. Titmarsh [pseudonym; William Makepeace Thackeray], The Paris Sketch Book, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: John Macrone, [], OCLC 2344307:
      [] Flicflac will trill you off fifty in ten minutes, and wonder at the bêtise of the Briton, who has never a word to say.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bête +‎ -ise

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /be.tiz/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

bêtise f (plural bêtises)

  1. (uncountable) foolishness
  2. (countable) hooey
  3. (uncountable) nonsense

Descendants[edit]

  • English: bêtise
  • German: Betise

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