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Definitions of folly

  1. a stupid mistake The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. the quality of being rash and foolish Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. foolish or senseless behavior Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the trait of acting stupidly or rashly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The result of a foolish action or enterprise. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Want of understanding; foolishness; unbecoming conduct; criminal weakness; sin. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. 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.
  11. Silliness; stupidity; foolish act. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The state of being foolish; foolish conduct, or its result. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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. folie--fol, foolish.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Being foolish, want of good sense, unwise conduct; foolish act, idea, or practice, ridiculous thing; costly structure (considered) useless (usu. with originator\'s name, -s F.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. n. [French] State of being a fool; want of sense; weakness or derangement of mind;—a foolish act; weak or light-minded conduct; act of levity; absurdity. Cabinet Dictionary
  18. Want of understanding, weakness of intellect; criminal weakness, depravity of mind; act of negligence or passion unbecoming wisdom. Complete Dictionary

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