[f_ˈɒ_l_ɪ], [fˈɒlɪ], [fˈɒlɪ]

Definitions of folly:

  1.   Want of understanding; foolishness; unbecoming conduct; criminal weakness; sin. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Silliness; stupidity; foolish act. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   Weakness of intellect; imbecility of mind; want of understanding; a weak or absurd act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light- minded conduct; criminal weakness; depravity of mind or actions; any object planned without its author having the means of bringing it to a successful completion, such as a magnificent mansion which exhausts a person's capital in building, or would ruin him in keeping up in proper style; as, “ We know indeed how this scorn will embody itself in a name given to the unfinished structure. It is called this or that man's folly; and the name of the foolish builder is thus kept alive for long after- years."- Trench. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4.   A weak or absurd act; a weakness of mind; sin. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   Weakness or imbecility of mind; a foolish act; criminal weakness or depravity of mind; sin. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   a stupid mistake – Wordnet Dictionary DB

Quotes for folly:

  1. To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster! – Denis Diderot
  2. There is perhaps no surer mark of folly than to attempt to correct natural infirmities of those we love. – Henry Fielding
  3. For when they see the people swarm into the streets, and daily wet to the skin with rain, and yet cannot persuade them to go out of the rain, they do keep themselves within their houses, seeing they cannot remedy the folly of the people. – Thomas Moore
  4. But I can tell you what your folly and injustice will compel us to do. It will compel us to be free from your domination, and more self -reliant than we have been. – John H. Reagan
  5. It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door. – Publilius Syrus

Usage examples for folly:

  1. Still, a little folly Is a dangerous thing. ” – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  2. Shall I tell you, Bramleigh, that you gave me a better dinner to- day than I got at your great house,- the Bishop's Folly – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  3. “ I am amazed at the folly of women! ” – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  4. “ " However," thought he, " the man goes to- morrow, and then the field will be clear; the girl's a child yet, and I forgive her folly – Paul Clifford, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. “ I have listened to the end, the Arab said at last, because I wished to hear what strange folly thou hadst got in thy brain. ” – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  6. It was a great piece of folly when there was a home for him in England. ” – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  7. Bore me no more with the folly – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  8. Second thought, however, showed him the folly of such a course. ” – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  9. June it was jolly, Oh for its folly – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  10. Folly my good Lord. ” – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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