bêtise

bêtise

[be-teez]
noun
1.
lack of understanding, perception, or the like; stupidity.
2.
a stupid or foolish act or remark.
3.
something inconsequential or without merit; absurdity; trifle.

Origin:
1820–30; < French: literally, foolishness, equivalent to bête foolish (see beast) + -ise -ice

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bêtise (bɛˈtiːz)
 
n
rare folly or lack of perception
 
[French, from bête foolish, from bête (n) stupid person, beast]

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