What does folly mean?

Definitions for folly
ˈfɒl ifol·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word folly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwisenessnoun

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

  2. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecilitynoun

    a stupid mistake

  3. folly, foolishness, craziness, madnessnoun

    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, indulgencenoun

    foolish or senseless behavior

Wiktionary

  1. follynoun

    Foolishness.

    This is a war of folly.

  2. follynoun

    Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.

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

  3. follynoun

    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.

  4. Etymology: From folie, from the adjective fol.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Follynoun

    Etymology: folie, French.

    Think’st thou, that duty shall have dread to speak,
    When pow’r to flattery bows? To plainness honour
    Is bound, when majesty to folly falls. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Love is blind, and lovers cannot see
    The pretty follies that themselves commit;
    For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
    To see me thus transformed to a boy. William Shakespeare.

    Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,
    Whom folly pleases, or whose follies please. Alexander Pope, Horace.

Wikipedia

  1. Folly

    In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of usual garden buildings. Eighteenth-century English landscape gardening and French landscape gardening often featured mock Roman temples, symbolising classical virtues. Other 18th-century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined medieval castles or abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras. Sometimes they represented rustic villages, mills, and cottages to symbolise rural virtues. Many follies, particularly during times of famine, such as the Great Famine in Ireland, were built as a form of poor relief, to provide employment for peasants and unemployed artisans. In English, the term began as "a popular name for any costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder", the Oxford English Dictionary's definition, and were often named after the individual who commissioned or designed the project. The connotations of silliness or madness in this definition is in accord with the general meaning of the French word foliecode: fra promoted to code: fr ; however, another older meaning of this word is "delight" or "favourite abode". This sense included conventional, practical buildings that were thought unduly large or expensive, such as Beckford's Folly, an extremely expensive early Gothic Revival country house that collapsed under the weight of its tower in 1825, 12 years after completion. As a general term, "folly" is usually applied to a small building that appears to have no practical purpose or the purpose of which appears less important than its striking and unusual design, but the term is ultimately subjective, so a precise definition is not possible.

ChatGPT

  1. folly

    Folly can be defined as a lack of good sense or judgement, resulting in a foolish or reckless action or decision. It refers to behavior or ideas that are irrational, imprudent, or characterized by a lack of wisdom. Folly often involves a disregard for consequences or a failure to consider the practicality or logic of one's actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Follynoun

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

  2. Follynoun

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

  3. Follynoun

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

  4. Follynoun

    the result of a foolish action or enterprise

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

Wikidata

  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FOLLY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Folly is ranked #121590 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Folly surname appeared 142 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Folly.

    58.4% or 83 total occurrences were Black.
    32.3% or 46 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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. Christen Kuikoua:

    He who believes himself wiser than God has barely embarked on the journey to understand the virtue of Wisdom. The fool, in his arrogance, deems himself too clever, and yet God maintains a silent laughter at the folly of such conceit. True wisdom lies in humble acknowledgment, for in humility, one opens the door to the profound lessons that God's silent laughter imparts.

  2. Bernard Baumohl:

    The biggest folly is the belief that lowering interest rates by 25 or 50 bp will do anything to revive the economy, don't ask the Federal Reserve to bail out the economy, because they're not going to be able to do it this time.

  3. Benjamin Franklin:

    If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.

  4. Akhenaton:

    True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

  5. 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.

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Translations for folly

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  • حماقةArabic
  • безразсъдство, глупостBulgarian
  • Narrheit, TorheitGerman
  • malsaĝecoEsperanto
  • locuraSpanish
  • hölmöily, hullutus, hömpötys, mielettömyys, typeryys, hulluusFinnish
  • sottise, folieFrench
  • amaideachd, amaideasScottish Gaelic
  • butaság, könnyelműség, ostobaságHungarian
  • edificio decorativo, follia, unicum, stravaganza, eccentricitàItalian
  • איוולתHebrew
  • 愚行Japanese
  • neprātība, neprātīgumsLatvian
  • głupotaPolish
  • bobeiraPortuguese
  • глупый поступок, глупость, дурь, безрассудство, блажь, безрассудный поступок, недомыслие, прихотьRussian
  • dårskap, dåraktighetSwedish
  • முட்டாள்தனமானதுTamil
  • మూర్ఖత్వంTelugu
  • ความเขลาThai
  • ngu xuẩnVietnamese
  • 蠢事Chinese

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