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Synonyms for foolishnessfool·ish·ness

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  1. foolishnessnoun

    Synonyms:
    stupidity, irresponsibility, imprudence, extravagance, folly, indiscretion, ridiculousness, absurdity

    Antonyms:
    wisdom

  2. foolishnessnoun

    The state of being foolish.

    Synonyms:
    stupidity, extravagance, imprudence, folly, absurdity, indiscretion, irresponsibility, ridiculousness

    Antonyms:
    wisdom

  3. foolishnessnoun

    A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity.

    Synonyms:
    absurdity, indiscretion, folly, ridiculousness, extravagance, imprudence, stupidity, irresponsibility

    Antonyms:
    wisdom

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. foolishness

    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, folly, idiocy, imbecility, incapacity, senselessness, stupidity

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. folly, foolishness, unwisenessnoun

    the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

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

  2. 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"

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

  3. stupidity, betise, folly, foolishness, imbecilitynoun

    a stupid mistake

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. foolishnessnoun

    Synonyms:
    folly, silliness, imbecility, stupidity, fatuity, shallowness, dulness, doltishness

  2. foolishnessnoun

    Synonyms:
    absurdity, extravagance, nonsense, imprudence, indiscretion

  3. foolishnessnoun

    Synonyms:
    puerility, childishness, triviality

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. foolishnessnoun

    Synonyms:
    idiocy, imbecility, fatuity, silliness, irrationality, insagacity, imprudence, indiscretion, unwisdom, folly, absurdity, ineptitude, puerility

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "foolishness":

    stupidity, folly, madness, nonsense, insanity

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How to use foolishness in a sentence?

  1. John Kavulich:

    John Kavulich politicians focus on politics, so why is anyone shocked when any politician -- whether it's President President Joe Biden, President Trump, President Barack Obama, the first President Bush -- sees it that way ? A politician is going to take into account what the constituents want. Cuba is a domestic political issue, when people say that the President Joe Biden admin should be strong and remove South Florida from the Cuba policy decision-making process, South Florida's foolishness. South Florida's not going to happen. The fact that South Florida is picking up a seat in the House of Representatives makes it even more important for both political parties.

  2. Milan Kundera, Interview on The Book of Laughter and Forgetting:

    The stupidity of people comes from having an answer to everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything... it seems to me that all over the world people nowadays prefer to judge rather than to understand, to answer rather than to ask, so that the voice of the novel can hardly be heard over the noisy foolishness of human certainties.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.

  4. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Every issue or matter has an option or rather you do have an option. Yes! you heard me right. You can choose either life or death, hard work or laziness, success or failure, riches or poverty, excellence or mediocrity, grace or disgrace, forgiveness or unforgivingness, righteousness or unrighteousness, covetousness or contentedness, morality or immorality, patience or impatience, fame or obscurity, peace or war, wisdom or foolishness, strength or weakness, knowledge or ignorance, understanding or misunderstanding, respect or disrespect, literacy or illiteracy, kindness or unkindness, unity or disunity, hopefulness or hopelessness, construction or destruction, salvation or damnation, encouragement or discouragement, greatness or commonness, fastness or dullness, hell or heaven, light or darkness, God or Satan, increase or decrease, appreciation or depreciation, gratitude or ingratitude, humility or pride, loyalty or disloyalty, gentleness or ungentleness, love or hatred, faithfulness or unfaithfulness, generosity or stinginess, fidelity or infidelity, honesty or dishonesty, courage or cowardice, happiness or unhappiness, compassion or cruelty, Godliness or ungodliness, justice or injustice. However, all of the above illustrations evidently shows that, you have the willpower to choose either the positive or the negative aspect of every issue or matter in life. As well, the world is in your oyster. That is to say, you are in a position to choose or enjoy a broad range of opportunities or options. But, I urge you as usual. Dare to choose the positive aspect of everything rather than the negative aspect of it. Even if/when you are in dilemma. ~Emeasoba George

  5. Patresha Isidore:

    I had to go get my child. I wasn’t going to deal with any foolishness.

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