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  • n. The quality of being foolhardy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Courage without sense or judgment; foolish rashness; recklessness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being foolhardy; courage without prudence or judgment; senseless rashness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of giving little thought to danger


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  • Meurons, Frances used to expostulate against what she called my foolhardiness in making these evening visits; but their presence made no difference to me.

    Lords of the North

  • Some of the students, however, blamed Helmar for what they termed his foolhardiness in interfering.

    Under the Rebel's Reign

  • Life is a precious gift from God, and no one has a right to risk his life in a rash foolhardiness, which is very different from the true courage which does not shrink from facing danger if the life of one more helpless than himself is in peril.

    Twilight and Dawn Simple Talks on the Six Days of Creation

  • But she was seized by that excess of bravery which is called foolhardiness, and driven by it to that peculiar and thoughtless vehemence of action which sometimes wins V. C.'s for men who, in later days, conceal amazement under the cherished decoration.

    The Prophet of Berkeley Square

  • This has been spoken of as an evidence of bravery; but, regarded in this light, it was only superfluous evidence of a fact which no one ever doubted; it really deserves better to be called foolhardiness, as Captain Penrose, who was one of the party, frankly described it in his Diary.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • Even foolhardiness, that is boldness without an object, is not to be despised; in point of fact it is the same energy of feeling, only exercised as a kind of passion without any co-operation of the intelligent faculties.

    On War — Volume 1

  • Once he got a chance, he could explain that he was only worried about her, that he was afraid that her bravery (better not call it "foolhardiness") would be stronger than her fear, and she would end up in trouble-

    The Robin And The Kestrel

  • The passing away of Basu - India's longest-serving chief minister whose unbroken 23-year-old rule of a Left Front coalition in West Bengal state is a history in itself - is seen as a blow to the communist movement in India, wilting under fragile unity, political "foolhardiness" and lack of pragmatic icons.


  • While I initially had doubts about the kind of foolhardiness that leads to thinking one will succeed where others have not, after trying Bonsai, I think the restaurant has a good chance of breaking past cycles of bad luck, if only because I don't think luck bears on a restaurant's success or failure.

    Starbulletin Headlines

  • a British commander and might be said to be characteristic of the dash and so-called "foolhardiness" of the British soldier, accustomed to

    My Second Year of the War


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