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Synonyms for folly
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwiseness(noun)

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

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

    Antonyms:
    wiseness, wisdom

  2. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecility(noun)

    a stupid mistake

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

    Antonyms:
    wisdom, wiseness

  3. folly, foolishness, craziness, madness(noun)

    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    wisdom, wiseness

  4. folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgence(noun)

    foolish or senseless behavior

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

    Antonyms:
    wisdom, wiseness

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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. folly

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. folly(n.)

    Synonyms:
    foolishness, imbecility, fatuity, stupidity, shallowness, dulness, doltishness

  2. folly(n.)

    Synonyms:
    absurdity, extravagance, imprudence, nonsense, indiscretion, act of folly, foolish act

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. folly(n)

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

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#9249madness
#10957weakness
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#12585fury
#15297misconduct
#17956insanity
#18098indulgence
#20444stupidity
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#37614absurdity
#41023pampering
#45111silliness
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#48388idiocy
#49375lunacy
#49727indulging
#57260craziness
#74912leniency
#114781tomfoolery
#173706imbecility
#177173lyssa
#180107foolery
#182661imprudence
#186849thoughtlessness
#242028hydrophobia
#245809senselessness
#263154flakiness
#286923humoring

How to use folly in a sentence?

  1. John Milton:

    Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!

  2. Jonathan Swift:

    Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.

  3. Pliny the Elder:

    The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.

  4. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    There are three things which are real God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension. So we must do what we can with the third.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Bitter wisdom is better than sweet folly.


Translations for folly

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  • безразсъдство, глупостBulgarian
  • Torheit, NarrheitGerman
  • malsaĝecoEsperanto
  • mielettömyys, hullutus, hölmöily, hulluus, typeryys, hömpötysFinnish
  • folie, sottiseFrench
  • amaideachd, amaideasScottish Gaelic
  • butaság, ostobaság, könnyelműségHungarian
  • eccentricità, edificio decorativo, stravaganza, follia, unicumItalian
  • איוולתHebrew
  • 愚行Japanese
  • neprātība, neprātīgumsLatvian
  • głupotaPolish
  • bobeiraPortuguese
  • глупость, дурь, блажь, прихоть, недомыслие, безрассудный поступок, безрассудство, глупый поступокRussian
  • dårskap, dåraktighetSwedish
  • முட்டாள்தனமானதுTamil
  • మూర్ఖత్వంTelugu

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