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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.]

folly

(ˈfɒlɪ)
n, pl -lies
1. the state or quality of being foolish; stupidity; rashness
2. a foolish action, mistake, idea, etc
3. (Architecture) a building in the form of a castle, temple, etc, built to satisfy a fancy or conceit, often of an eccentric kind
4. (Theatre) (plural) theatre an elaborately costumed revue
5. archaic
a. evil; wickedness
b. lewdness; wantonness
[C13: from Old French folie madness, from fou mad; see fool1]

fol•ly

(ˈfɒl i)

n., pl. -lies.
1. the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
2. a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity.
3. a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure.
4. a whimsical or extravagant and often useless structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, etc.
5. follies, a theatrical revue.
6. Obs. wickedness; wantonness.
[1175–1225; Middle English folie < Old French, derivative of fol, fou foolish, mad. See fool1]

folly

A sham building, sometimes a ruin, built to enhance a vista or a landscape.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.folly - the trait of acting stupidly or rashlyfolly - the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
indiscretion, injudiciousness - the trait of being injudicious
fatuity, fatuousness, silliness, absurdity - a ludicrous folly; "the crowd laughed at the absurdity of the clown's behavior"
asininity - the quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with stubbornness
wisdom, wiseness - the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
2.folly - a stupid mistakefolly - a stupid mistake      
error, fault, mistake - 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"
3.folly - the quality of being rash and foolish; "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly"; "adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
4.folly - foolish or senseless behaviorfolly - foolish or senseless behavior  
frolic, gambol, romp, caper, play - 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"
meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss - (Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
buffoonery, clowning, harlequinade, japery, prank, frivolity - acting like a clown or buffoon

folly

noun foolishness, bêtise (rare), nonsense, madness, stupidity, absurdity, indiscretion, lunacy, recklessness, silliness, idiocy, irrationality, imprudence, rashness, imbecility, fatuity, preposterousness, daftness (informal), desipience a reminder of the follies of war
reason, sense, judgment, wisdom, sanity, rationality, moderation, prudence, level-headedness
Quotations
"As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly" Bible: Proverbs

folly

noun
Translations
حَماقَه
hloupostpošetilost
galskab
butaságkönnyelműségostobaság
kjánaskapur, heimska
muļķībaneprāts
bobeira
aptallık

folly

[ˈfɒlɪ] N
1. (= foolishness, act of folly) → locura f
it would be folly to do itsería una locura hacerlo
2. (Archit) → disparate m

folly

[ˈfɒli] n
(= madness) → folie f
(= building) → folie f

folly

n (= foolishness, foolish thing)Torheit f, → Verrücktheit f; (= building) exzentrischer, meist völlig nutzloser Prachtbau; it is sheer folly (to do that)es ist der reinste Wahnsinn(, das zu tun)

folly

[ˈfɒlɪ] nfollia, pazzia

folly

(ˈfoli) plural ˈfollies noun
foolishness. the follies of youth.
References in classic literature ?
Under any circumstances it would have been an unwelcome alliance; but to have it so clandestinely formed, and such a period chosen for its completion, placed Julia's feelings in a most unfavourable light, and severely aggravated the folly of her choice.
Their substance was great anger at the folly of each.
He had the air of one not troubling to reply to what he considered folly.
Then, for heaven's sake, forget all this folly," Wingrave said hardly.
Senor Squire," said Sancho, "a man in a swoon has been known to be buried before now, in the belief that he was dead; and it struck me that Queen Maguncia ought to have swooned rather than died; because with life a great many things come right, and the princess's folly was not so great that she need feel it so keenly.
At last a long article appeared, on the 7th of October, in the bulletin of the Royal Geographical Society, which treated the question from every point of view, and demonstrated the utter folly of the enterprise.
Now I saw, though too late, the Folly of beginning a Work before we count the Cost, and before we judge rightly of our own Strength to go through with it.
Bennet was not of a disposition to seek comfort for the disappointment which his own imprudence had brought on, in any of those pleasures which too often console the unfortunate for their folly of their vice.
It would be much better for you," she said, "if you would make up your mind to put that folly behind you.
There they learn a set of romantic notions of love, and I know not what folly, which this town and good company can scarce eradicate in a whole winter.
The queen had at first positively refused; but at length became afraid that the duke, if exasperated, would commit some folly.
Soon afterwards suffering great pain in his stomach, he said, "I deserve all this torment, for my folly in thinking that everything round must be an egg.