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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwisenessnoun

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

  2. 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"

  3. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecilitynoun

    a stupid mistake


  1. foolishnessnoun

    The state of being foolish.

  2. foolishnessnoun

    A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Foolishnessnoun

    Etymology: from foolish.

    Foolishness being properly a man’s deviation from right reason, in point of practice, must needs consist in his pitching upon such an end as is unsuitable to his condition, or pitching upon means unsuitable to the compassing of his end. South.

    Charm’d by their eyes, their manners I acquire,
    And shape my foolishness to their desire. Matthew Prior.


  1. Foolishness

    Foolishness is the unawareness or lack of social norms which causes offence, annoyance, trouble and/or injury. The things such as impulsivity and/or influences may affect a person's ability to make otherwise reasonable decisions. In this sense, it differs from stupidity, which is the lack of intelligence. An act of foolishness is called folly.


  1. foolishness

    Foolishness is a lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight. It is behavior characterized by stupidity, recklessness, or thoughtlessness, often resulting in negative or harmful outcomes. It can also refer to an act or idea that is considered to be absurd, ridiculous, or lacking in logical reasoning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foolishnessnoun

    the quality of being foolish

  2. Foolishnessnoun

    a foolish practice; an absurdity

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foolishness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foolishness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of foolishness in a Sentence

  1. The Dhammapada:

    The fool who knows his foolishness is wise so far, at least; but a fool who thinks himself wise, he is called a fool indeed.

  2. Christen Kuikoua:

    It is prudent to avoid foolishness, but unwise to lack wisdom.

  3. Sacha Guitry:

    Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.

  4. Loren Weisman:

    Consider the possibility that the more you engage, comment or react to fools and foolishness online, the more those fools and that foolishness are amplified, promoted and seen. Want to reduce their impact? Consider reducing your engagement with both them and their posts.

  5. Golda Meir:

    Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that.

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