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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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. Elizabeth Gaskell:

    Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.

  2. Leo C. Rosten:

    In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.

  3. Marquis de Sade:

    For mortal men there is but one hell, and that is the folly and wickedness and spite of his fellows; but once his life is over, there's an end to it: his annihilation is final and entire, of him nothing survives.

  4. Jack Parsons:

    Remember that the Tarot is a great and sacred arcanum - its abuse is an obscenity in the inner and a folly in the outer. It is intended for quite other purposes than to determine when the tall dark man will meet the fair rich widow.

  5. Isaac D?Israeli:

    Is a preface exquisitely written? No literary morsel is more delicious. Is the author inveterately dull? It is a kind of preparatory information, which may be very useful. It argues a deficiency of taste to turn over an elaborate preface unread: for it is the attar of the author?s roses, every drop distilled at an immense cost. It is the reason of the reasoning, and the folly of the foolish.

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  • حماقةArabic
  • 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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