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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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