What does Folly mean?

Definitions for Folly
ˈfɒl iFol·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwiseness(noun)

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

  2. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecility(noun)

    a stupid mistake

  3. 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"

  4. folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgence(noun)

    foolish or senseless behavior

Wiktionary

  1. folly(Noun)

    Foolishness.

    This is a war of folly.

    Etymology: From folie, from the adjective fol.

  2. folly(Noun)

    Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.

    The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Seward's folly.

    Etymology: From folie, from the adjective fol.

  3. folly(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From folie, from the adjective fol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Folly(noun)

    the state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

  2. Folly(noun)

    a foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

  3. Folly(noun)

    scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

  4. Folly(noun)

    the result of a foolish action or enterprise

    Etymology: [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

Freebase

  1. Folly

    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

  1. Folly

    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. foliefol, foolish.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Folly' in Nouns Frequency: #2859

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How to say Folly in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Folly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Folly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Folly in a Sentence

  1. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Reflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales:

    The most dangerous folly of old people who were once attractive is to forget that they are not so any longer.

  2. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne:

    Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. This is the first step towards becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it be taken there is no hope. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it. Sometimes the great truth is found out too late to apply to it any effectual remedy. Sometimes it is never found at all; and these form the desperate and inveterate causes of folly, self-conceit, and impertinence.

  3. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Bitter wisdom is better than sweet folly.

  4. La Rochefoucauld:

    The man who lives free from folly is not so wise as he thinks.

  5. Von Humboldt:

    It is a proverbial expression that every man is the maker of his own fortune, and we usually regard it as implying that every man by his folly or wisdom prepares good or evil for himself. But we may view it in another light, namely, that we may so accommodate ourselves to the dispositions of Providence as to be happy in our lot, whatever may be its privations.

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Translations for Folly

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  • безразсъдство, глупостBulgarian
  • Torheit, NarrheitGerman
  • malsaĝecoEsperanto
  • mielettömyys, hullutus, hölmöily, hulluus, typeryys, hömpötysFinnish
  • folie, sottiseFrench
  • amaideachd, amaideasScottish Gaelic
  • butaság, ostobaság, könnyelműségHungarian
  • eccentricità, edificio decorativo, stravaganza, follia, unicumItalian
  • איוולתHebrew
  • 愚行Japanese
  • neprātība, neprātīgumsLatvian
  • głupotaPolish
  • bobeiraPortuguese
  • глупость, дурь, блажь, прихоть, недомыслие, безрассудный поступок, безрассудство, глупый поступокRussian
  • dårskap, dåraktighetSwedish
  • முட்டாள்தனமானதுTamil
  • మూర్ఖత్వంTelugu

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