American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight.
- n. An act or instance of foolishness: regretted the follies of his youth.
- n. A costly undertaking having an absurd or ruinous outcome.
- n. An elaborate theatrical revue consisting of music, dance, and skits.
- n. Obsolete Perilously or criminally foolish action.
- n. Obsolete Evil; wickedness.
- n. Obsolete Lewdness; lasciviousness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or conduct of a fool; the state of being foolish; weakness of judgment or character, or actions which spring from it; want of understanding; weak or light-minded conduct.
- n. Something regard for or attention to which is foolish.
- n. Specifically Conduct morally bad; wickedness; wantonness.
- n. A costly structure or other undertaking left unfinished for want of means, too expensive to be properly maintained, built in a very ill-chosen place, or the like; an enterprise that exhausts or ruins the projector.
- n. Synonyms Nonsense, foolishness, senselessness, ridiculousness, extravagance, indiscretion, imbecility. See list under absurdity.
- To act with folly; act foolishly.
- n. Foolishness.
- n. Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.
- n. A fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind.
- n. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery.
- n. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness.
- n. The result of a foolish action or enterprise.
- n. the quality of being rash and foolish
- n. a stupid mistake
- n. foolish or senseless behavior
- n. the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
- From Old French folie ("madness"), from the adjective fol ("mad, insane"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English folie, from Old French, from fol, foolish, from Late Latin follis, windbag, fool; see fool. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“III. i.75 (201,2) [But wise-men's folly fall'n] Sir Thomas Hammer reads, _folly shewn_.”
“I. ii.23 (14,4) his valour is crushed into folly] To be _crushed into folly_, is to be _confused_ and mingled with _folly_, so as that they make one mass together.”
“And if any offer of alliance or parley of individual elders comes from home, the false spirits shut the gates of the castle and permit no one to enter, — there is a battle, and they gain the victory; and straightway making alliance with the desires, they banish modesty, which they call folly, and send temperance over the border.”
“He blamed himself for what he called the folly of the past weeks.”
“Judasa said it would do everything in its power to try and convince Health Minster Nkosazana Zuma of what it called the folly of the plan.”
“Mrs. Lewis begged that Elma should not be taken away from her; and Mrs. Steward, angry with herself for what she termed her folly, had yet yielded to her sister's entreaties.”
“I'm afraid what you call my folly didn't avail, for they wanted what they saw in my portfolio.”
“Captain Gauley and Mat laughed at what they called the folly of Levi, and assured Bessie he would never find her.”
“It cannot be said that he had not felt and secretly resented what he called the folly of the unreasonable old man.”
“` Rather than spoil my uniform, I would have knocked him on the head with a pole, 'said a third; and it was a long time before what they termed my folly was forgotten or forgiven.”
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