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Definitions of folly

  1. the trait of acting stupidly or rashly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Want of understanding; foolishness; unbecoming conduct; criminal weakness; sin. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. 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.
  6. Silliness; stupidity; foolish act. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The state of being foolish; foolish conduct, or its result. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. 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.

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Usage examples for folly

  1. 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
  2. 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
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