folly, foolishness, unwiseness(noun)
the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecility(noun)
a stupid mistake
folly, foolishness, craziness, madness(noun)
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"
folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgence(noun)
foolish or senseless behavior
This is a war of folly.
Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.
The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Seward's folly.
A fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons.
A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.
Origin: From folie, from the adjective fol.
the state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind
a foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery
scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness
the result of a foolish action or enterprise
Origin: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]
In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. In the original use of the word, these buildings had no other use, but from the 19th to 20th centuries the term was also applied to highly decorative buildings which had secondary practical functions such as housing, sheltering or business use. 18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured Roman temples, which symbolized classical virtues or ideals. Other 18th century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras. Sometimes they represented rustic villages, mills and cottages, to symbolize rural virtues. Many follies, particularly during famine, such as the Irish potato famine, were built as a form of poor relief, to provide employment for peasants and unemployed artisans.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fol′i, n. silliness or weakness of mind: a foolish act: criminal weakness: (B.) sin: a monument of folly, as a great structure left unfinished, having been begun without a reckoning of the cost.—v.i. to act with folly. [O. Fr. folie—fol, foolish.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'folly' in Nouns Frequency: #2859
The numerical value of folly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of folly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
One man's justice is another's injustice one man's beauty another's ugliness one man's wisdom another's folly.
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
The Kaliningrad contingent is being heavily upgraded qualitatively, not quantitatively, our general staff understands the folly of a large deployment here.
Through these photographs, I will try to sensitize people and make them aware that they are often part of the problem, this project aims to show human arrogance and folly and to build in us humility.
It would be folly to continue betting on a military solution, now is the time to find a way to bring the parties to the negotiating table. This must include preparatory talks with and among crucial regional actors like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but also Iran.
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Translations for folly
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- безразсъдство, глупостBulgarian
- Torheit, NarrheitGerman
- mielettömyys, hullutus, hölmöily, hulluus, typeryys, hömpötysFinnish
- folie, sottiseFrench
- amaideachd, amaideasScottish Gaelic
- butaság, ostobaság, könnyelműségHungarian
- eccentricità, edificio decorativo, stravaganza, follia, unicumItalian
- neprātība, neprātīgumsLatvian
- глупость, дурь, блажь, прихоть, недомыслие, безрассудный поступок, безрассудство, глупый поступокRussian
- dårskap, dåraktighetSwedish
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