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Synonyms for foolishness
fool·ish·ness

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Wiktionary

  1. foolishnessnoun

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

    Antonyms:
    wisdom

  2. foolishnessnoun

    The state of being foolish.

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

    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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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#48388idiocy
#49375lunacy
#57260craziness
#59392extravagance
#76055irresponsibility
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#114781tomfoolery
#149795ridiculousness
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#245809senselessness
#263154flakiness

How to use foolishness in a sentence?

  1. Golda Meir:

    Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that.

  2. Terrel Wallace:

    I'm not even into politics like that, i just want to continue doing my music and look after my family. I don't have time for this foolishness.

  3. Jean de La Bruyère:

    As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.

  4. Kemal Kilicdaroglu:

    It’s like they have to commit foolishness at night.

  5. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    This is blatant foolishness and insanity. When he still could address the Bahraini people, Sheikh Isa Qassim... would advise against radical and armed actions, attacking Sheikh Isa Qassim means removing all obstacles blocking heroic Bahraini youths from attacking the regime.


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