follies


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fol·ly

 (fŏl′ē)
n. pl. fol·lies
1. Lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight: an act of folly
2.
a. An act or instance of foolishness: regretted the follies of his youth.
b. A costly undertaking having an absurd or ruinous outcome.
3. follies(used with a sing. or pl. verb) An elaborate theatrical revue consisting of music, dance, and skits.
4. A structure, such as a pavilion in a garden, that is chiefly decorative rather than practical in purpose.

[Middle English folie, from Old French, from fol, foolish, from Late Latin follis, windbag, fool; see fool.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.follies - a revue with elaborate costuming
revue, review - a variety show with topical sketches and songs and dancing and comedians
Ziegfeld Follies - a series of extravagant revues produced by Flo Ziegfeld
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March looked silently at the downcast face of her pretty daughter, and could not find it in her heart to blame her little follies.
How kind has he ever been to all my follies, how tender and indulgent to all my wishes
Young women have committed similar follies often before, and have repented them in poverty and obscurity often before.
I have committed follies, gentlemen,' said Uriah, looking round with a meek smile, 'and I ought to bear the consequences without repining.
But he had something else to curse--his own vicious folly, which now seemed as mad and unaccountable to him as almost all our follies and vices do when their promptings have long passed away.
Thus I spoke boldly in the face of the king, as none had dared to speak before Chaka; and courage passed from me to the hearts of the other indunas and generals, and they echoed my words, for they knew that, of all follies, to begin a new war with the Swazi people would be the greatest.
Even the common people, the severest critics of the conduct of their betters, had commiseration with the follies of Prior Aymer.
Believe me, love is an overrated passion; it would be irremediably discredited but that young people, and the romancers who live upon their follies, have a perpetual interest in rehabilitating it.
And if it be found that these nurses ever presume to entertain the girls with frightful or foolish stories, or the common follies practised by chambermaids among us, they are publicly whipped thrice about the city, imprisoned for a year, and banished for life to the most desolate part of the country.
To get back one's youth, one has merely to repeat one's follies.
It appeared to me to be a thing impossible and contrary to all precedent that so good a knight should have been without some sage to undertake the task of writing his marvellous achievements; a thing that was never wanting to any of those knights-errant who, they say, went after adventures; for every one of them had one or two sages as if made on purpose, who not only recorded their deeds but described their most trifling thoughts and follies, however secret they might be; and such a good knight could not have been so unfortunate as not to have what Platir and others like him had in abundance.
Mine is a simple nature and I care not for the fripperies and follies of court life.