Definitions

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  • n. a stupid mistake

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Examples

  • Si ils sont vos amis j'imagine que ils ont fait une betise culturelle, un insulte peut-etre, donc les clientes ont reagi mal ... on ne sait pas.

    Top McCain Surrogates Questioning Obama's American-Ness

  • You give it up! — for what? — for a betise, for an absurd scruple.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Ne pas se laisser faire et resister contre la betise!

    suspendered

  • If it had been pride that interfered with her accepting Lord Warburton such a betise was singularly misplaced; and she was so conscious of liking him that she ventured to assure herself it was the very softness, and the fine intelligence, of sympathy.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • In what point is the Darwaysh more a mummer or in what does he show more of betise than the quack?

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • _Adam: _ C'est le premier homme, Dieu en fait un grand nigaud, qui pour complaire a sa femme eut la betise de mordre dans une pomme que ses descendans n'ont point encore pu digerer.

    Baron D'Holbach : a Study of Eighteenth Century Radicalism in France

  • Adam: C'est le premier homme, Dieu en fait un grand nigaud, qui pour complaire a sa femme eut la betise de mordre dans une pomme que ses descendans n'ont point encore pu digerer.

    Baron d'Holbach

  • I had no sooner spoken the words than I felt that somehow I had been guilty of a betise.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • "_Nous allons parler Francais_" I announced, desirous of finding out whether their whole stock was represented by _diable_ and _betise_;

    The Solitary Summer

  • He will commit in one meal every betise that a senllion fresh from the plow-tail is capable of, and he will continue to repeat those faults.

    American Notes

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  • "When he saw them again, on that morning in August after returning from a visit to the city, he found them quite as submissive and conceited as ever; and he, once again trapped in their especial variety of confessional antechamber (in which they oft be labored him with successions of halting effusions), sought escape by firing off--or more properly, stammering--a bêtise on the "perfumed scent" of his butler's arrhythmic respiration, which was indeed perceptible to him in more than one--and to more than one--sense."
    The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni, translated by Darren Koolman, p 47

    September 16, 2013

  • as in: what a buttwang does.

    March 2, 2008