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adj. fool·har·di·er, fool·har·di·est
Unwisely bold or venturesome; rash. See Synonyms at reckless.

[Middle English folhardi, from Old French fol hardi : fol, fool; see fool + hardi, bold; see hardy1.]

fool′har′di·ly adv.
fool′har′di·ness n.
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Jonathan Walker, defending, said Sheraton was not inherently violent but reacted foolhardily to traumatic news.