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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