Folly

[f_ˈɒ_l_ɪ], [fˈɒlɪ], [fˈɒlɪ]

Definitions of folly:

  1.   foolish or senseless behavior
  2.   Weakness or imbecility of mind; a foolish act; criminal weakness or depravity of mind; sin.
  3.   a stupid mistake
  4.   the quality of being rash and foolish
  5.   Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness.
  6.   The result of a foolish action or enterprise.
  7.   The state of being foolish; foolish conduct, or its result.
  8.   the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
  9.   A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light- minded conduct; foolery.
  10.   Want of understanding; foolishness; unbecoming conduct; criminal weakness; sin.
  11.   A weak or absurd act; a weakness of mind; sin.
  12.   Silliness; stupidity; foolish act.
  13.   The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind.
  14.   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.

Antonyms for folly:

sensibleness, insight, logicality, intelligence, levelheadedness, rationalness, soundness, reasonability, judgment, tact, enlightenment, perceptiveness, prudence, sense, utility, address, sapience, discretion, wisdom, perceptivity, politeness, Sageness, ingenuity, horse sense, rationality, perception, sagaciousness, discernment, brainstorm, profundity, dexterity, wiseness, sanity, readiness, depth, prescience, brilliancy, carefulness, Percipience, reasonableness, forethought, adroitness, inspiration, courtesy, logicalness, sagacity, manners, genius, acuteness, serviceableness, judiciousness, capacity, astuteness, common sense, talent, validity.


Quotes for folly:

  1. The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. – William Blake
  2. 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
  3. To become Christ -like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain. – Henry Drummond
  4. There is perhaps no surer mark of folly than to attempt to correct natural infirmities of those we love. – Henry Fielding
  5. The same sort of thing happened in my dispute with the National Trust book: Follies: A National Trust Guide, which implied that the only pleasure you can get from Folly architecture is by calling the architect mad, and by laughing at the architecture. – Ian Hamilton Finlay
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Is there in all the history of human folly a greater fool than a clergymen in politics? – Pat Robertson
  9. One man's folly is another man's wife. – Helen Rowland
  10. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. – Herbert Spencer
  11. It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door. – Publilius Syrus
  12. For the subtlest folly proceeds from the subtlest wisdom. – John Webster
  13. The Lord had been very gracious, and spoke peace to me in the time of my distress, and I now most ungratefully turned again to folly at times I felt sharp reproof, but I did not get low enough to cry for help. – John Woolman

Usage examples for folly:

  1. “ A short time exposed the folly of all such views. ” – School History of North Carolina by John W. Moore
  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. Second thought, however, showed him the folly of such a course. ” – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  4. And I've paid for my folly – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  5. “ " 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
  6. “ I know now how weak- how vain I was- how cruel to you; but- you know- my folly you will forgive? ” – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  7. Bore me no more with the folly – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  8. Still, a little folly Is a dangerous thing. ” – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  9. But this is simply folly – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  10. You remember Folly Wood?" ” – Leaves from a Field Note-Book by J. H. Morgan
  11. “ " Your not saying- if you can say- is just folly interposed the sergeant. ” – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  12. The constitutional movement must go on, he said; but it would be folly to pretend that it could go on as if nothing had happened. ” – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  13. “ I am amazed at the folly of women! ” – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  14. June it was jolly, Oh for its folly – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  15. That was but a small part of his folly – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  16. 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
  17. “ 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
  18. Folly my good Lord. ” – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  19. It was folly to think of going out. ” – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  20. It would be the worst kind of folly – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon

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