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folly    : [f'ɑli]
Folly \Fol"ly\, n.; pl. {Follies}. [OE. folie, foli, F. folie,
fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See {Fool}.]
1. The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity,
weakness, or derangement of mind.
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2. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure;
weak or light-minded conduct; foolery.
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What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill. --Shak.
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3. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a
woman, wantonness.
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[Achan] wrought folly in Israel. --Josh. vii.
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When lovely woman stoops to folly. --Goldsmith.
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4. The result of a foolish action or enterprise.
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It is called this man's or that man's "folly," and
name of the foolish builder is thus kept alive for
long after years. --Trench.
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n 1: the trait of acting stupidly or rashly [synonym: {folly},
{foolishness}, {unwiseness}] [ant: {wisdom}, {wiseness}]
2: a stupid mistake [synonym: {stupidity}, {betise}, {folly},
{foolishness}, {imbecility}]
3: the quality of being rash and foolish; "trying to drive
through a blizzard is the height of folly"; "adjusting to an
insane society is total foolishness" [synonym: {folly},
{foolishness}, {craziness}, {madness}]
4: foolish or senseless behavior [synonym: {folly}, {foolery},
{tomfoolery}, {craziness}, {lunacy}, {indulgence}]

73 Moby Thesaurus words for "folly":
absurdity, absurdness, act of folly, asininity, battiness, blunder,
brainlessness, buffoonery, clownishness, crackpottedness,
crankiness, craziness, daffiness, daftness, desipience, dottiness,
dumb trick, dumbness, eccentricity, error, fatuity, fatuousness,
faux pas, fluff, foolery, foolheadedness, foolishness, frivolity,
frivolousness, gaffe, giddiness, goof, goofiness, idiocy,
imbecility, imprudence, inanity, indiscretion, ineptitude,
insanity, irrationality, kookiness, lunacy, madness, mindlessness,
mistake, niaiserie, nonsense, nugacity, nuttiness, obtuseness,
preposterousness, queerness, rashness, sappiness, screwiness,
senselessness, silliness, sottise, stolidity, stolidness,
stupid thing, stupidity, thoughtlessness, triflingness, triviality,
unwise step, wackiness, weak-mindedness, weirdness, witlessness,
zaniness, zanyism

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