Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Stupidity; folly: "The bêtise of our human community is everywhere” ( Thornton Wilder).
  • n. A stupid or foolish act or remark.

Etymologies

French, from bête, beast, fool, foolish, from Old French beste, beast; see beast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Ad te suspiramus gementes et fientes in hac lacrymarum valle.

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