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. Leonardo DaVinci, The notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci by Macurdy:

    Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.

  2. Adam Lach:

    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.

  3. Robert A. Heinlein:

    A fool cannot be protected from his folly. If you attempt to do so, you will not only arouse his animosity but also you will be attempting to deprive him of whatever benefit he is capable of deriving from experience. Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

  4. Paul Valery:

    The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

  5. Miguel de Cervantes:

    There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.

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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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