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Antonyms for folly
ˈfɒl ifol·ly

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term folly.

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. folly

    Idiocy is a state of mental unsoundness amounting almost or quite to total absence of understanding. Imbecility is a condition of mental weakness, which may or may not be as complete as that of idiocy, but is at least such as to incapacitate for the serious duties of life. Incapacity, or lack of legal qualification for certain acts, necessarily results from imbecility, but may also result from other causes, as from insanity or from age, sex, etc.; as, the incapacity of a minor to make a contract. Idiocy or imbecility is weakness of mind, while insanity is disorder or abnormal action of mind. Folly and foolishness denote a want of mental and often of moral balance. Fatuity is sometimes used as equivalent to idiocy, but more frequently signifies conceited and excessive foolishness or folly. Stupidity is dulness and slowness of mental action which may range all the way from lack of normal readiness to absolute imbecility. Compare INSANITY.

    Antonyms:
    acuteness, astuteness, brilliancy, capacity, common sense, intelligence, sagacity, sense, soundness, wisdom

    Synonyms:
    fatuity, foolishness, idiocy, imbecility, incapacity, senselessness, stupidity

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. folly

    Antonyms:
    sense, wisdom, sanity, judgment, prudence, sobriety

    Synonyms:
    madness, nonsense, misconduct, imprudence, silliness, foolishness, weakness, absurdity, imbecility

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwisenessnoun

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

    Antonyms:
    wiseness, wisdom

    Synonyms:
    lunacy, imbecility, madness, foolery, betise, tomfoolery, indulgence, unwiseness, foolishness, stupidity, craziness

  2. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecilitynoun

    a stupid mistake

    Antonyms:
    wisdom, wiseness

    Synonyms:
    lunacy, imbecility, madness, foolery, betise, tomfoolery, stupidity, indulgence, unwiseness, foolishness, craziness

  3. folly, foolishness, craziness, madnessnoun

    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"

    Antonyms:
    wisdom, wiseness

    Synonyms:
    lunacy, foolishness, flakiness, fury, daftness, madness, rabidity, imbecility, stupidity, hydrophobia, rabidness, foolery, tomfoolery, lyssa, craziness, insaneness, indulgence, rage, rabies, unwiseness, betise

  4. folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgencenoun

    foolish or senseless behavior

    Antonyms:
    wisdom, wiseness

    Synonyms:
    lunacy, foolishness, flakiness, indulging, daftness, madness, lenience, pampering, stupidity, humoring, leniency, foolery, tomfoolery, self-indulgence, craziness, insaneness, indulgence, imbecility, unwiseness, betise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. follynoun

    Synonyms:
    foolishness, fatuity, indiscretion, unwisdom, absurdity, imprudence

How to use folly in a sentence?

  1. The Dhammapada:

    There is no fire like passion; there is no shark like hatred; there is no snare like folly; there is no torrent like greed.

  2. James Abram Garfield:

    All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.

  3. Burton:

    Petrarch observes, that we change language, habits, laws, customs, manners, but not vices, not diseases, not the symptoms of folly and madness?they are still the same. And as a river, we see, keeps the like name and place, but not water, and yet ever runs, our times and persons alter, vices are the same, and ever be. Look how nightingales sang of old, cocks crowed, kine lowed, sheep bleated, sparrows chirped, dogs barked, so they do still: we keep our madness still, play the fool still; we are of the same humours and inclinations as our predecessors were; you shall find us all alike, much as one, we and our sons, and so shall our posterity continue to the last.

  4. La Rochefoucauld:

    The man who lives free from folly is not so wise as he thinks.

  5. Mette Ljosland:

    Were it not Folly, Spider-like to spin The Thread of present Life away to win - What? for ourselves, who know not if we shall Breathe out the very Breath we now breathe in.

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#1568sense
#1686capacity
#2526intelligence
#4456judgment
#5174wisdom
#18221sanity
#21891folly
#30290prudence
#36550soundness
#41208sobriety
#91928sagacity
#118635brilliancy
#177701acuteness
#249232astuteness

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