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Definition 1: foolish or senseless behavior - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for folly in the sense of this definition

(folly is a kind of ...) gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

"it was all done in play" "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"

(... is a kind of folly ) (Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity

(... is a kind of folly ) acting like a clown or buffoon

Definition 2: a stupid mistake - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for folly in the sense of this definition

(folly is a kind of ...) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

"he made a bad mistake" "she was quick to point out my errors" "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

Definition 3: the trait of acting stupidly or rashly - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for folly in the sense of this definition

(folly is a kind of ...) a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

(... is a kind of folly ) the trait of being injudicious

(... is a kind of folly ) a ludicrous folly

"the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior"

(... is a kind of folly ) the quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with stubbornness

Definition 4: the quality of being rash and foolish - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where folly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly
  • adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness

Synonyms for folly in the sense of this definition

(folly is a kind of ...) a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience

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