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English noun: folly

1. folly (attribute) the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

Synonymsfoolishness, unwiseness

Broader (hypernym)trait

Narrower (hyponym)absurdity, asininity, fatuity, fatuousness, indiscretion, injudiciousness, silliness

Antonymswisdom, wiseness

2. folly (act) a stupid mistake

Synonymsbetise, foolishness, imbecility, stupidity

Broader (hypernym)error, fault, mistake

3. folly (cognition) the quality of being rash and foolish

SamplesTrying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly.
Adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness.

Synonymscraziness, foolishness, madness

Broader (hypernym)stupidity

4. folly (act) foolish or senseless behavior

Synonymscraziness, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery

Broader (hypernym)caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp

Narrower (hyponym)buffoonery, clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss, prank

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