Folly

  • 1Folly — ist der Name von Anne Laure Folly Filmemacherin Geografisches Folly Island Inseln Folly Beach Stadt in den USA Le Folly Berg in Frankreich Filmtitel Dead Man s Folly Mit Folly wird auch eine Gartenstaffage bezeichnet, siehe Folly (Gartenkunst) …

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  • 2Folly — Fol ly, n.; pl. {Follies}. [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See {Fool}.] 1. The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind. [1913 Webster] 2. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or… …

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  • 3folly — (n.) early 13c., mental weakness; unwise conduct (in M.E. including wickedness, lwedness, madness), from O.Fr. folie (12c.) folly, madness, stupidity, from fol (see FOOL (Cf. fool)). Sense of costly structure considered to have shown folly in the …

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  • 4folly — index abortion (fiasco), inexpedience, lunacy Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5folly — [n] nonsense, ridiculous idea absurdity, craziness, daftness, dottiness, dumb thing to do*, dumb trick*, fatuity, foolishness, idiocy, imbecility, impracticality, imprudence, inadvisability, inanity, indiscretion, irrationality, lunacy, madness,… …

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  • 6folly — ► NOUN (pl. follies) 1) foolishness. 2) a foolish act or idea. 3) an ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock Gothic ruin. ORIGIN Old French folie madness …

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  • 7folly — [fäl′ē] n. pl. follies [ME folie < OFr < fol: see FOOL1] 1. a lack of understanding, sense, or rational conduct; foolishness 2. any foolish action or belief 3. any foolish and useless but expensive undertaking 4 …

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  • 8Folly — In architecture, a folly is a building constructed strictly as a decoration, having none of the usual purposes of housing or sheltering associated with a conventional structure. They originated as decorative accents in parks and estates. Folly is …

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  • 9folly — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ pure, sheer ▪ ultimate ▪ youthful ▪ human ▪ economic, political …

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  • 10folly — UK [ˈfɒlɪ] / US [ˈfɑlɪ] noun Word forms folly : singular folly plural follies 1) [countable/uncountable] formal a way of thinking or behaving that is stupid and careless, and likely to have bad results The judge described the incident as an act… …

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  • 11folly — fol|ly [ fali ] noun 1. ) count or uncount a way of thinking or behaving that is stupid and careless, and likely to have bad results: The judge described the incident as an act of folly. it is folly to do something: It is absolute folly to go… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12folly — n. folly to + inf. (it was folly to persist) * * * [ fɒlɪ] folly to + inf. (it was folly to persist) …

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  • 13folly — [[t]fɒ̱li[/t]] follies 1) N VAR: oft N of n/ ing, it v link N to inf If you say that a particular action or way of behaving is folly or a folly, you mean that it is foolish. It s sheer folly to build nuclear power stations in a country that has… …

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  • 14folly — /fol ee/, n., pl. follies for 2 6. 1. the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense. 2. a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity: the folly of performing without a rehearsal. 3. a costly and foolish undertaking;… …

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  • 15folly — fol|ly [ˈfɔli US ˈfa:li] n plural follies [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: folie, from fol; FOOL1] 1.) [U and C] formal a very stupid thing to do, especially one that is likely to have serious results ▪ Somerville bitterly regretted his… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16folly — noun 1 (C, U) formal a very stupid thing to do, especially one that is likely to have serious results : it would be folly to do sth: It would be sheer folly to reduce spending on health education. | the folly of: a writer who satirized the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17folly — noun a) foolishness This is a war of folly. b) thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Sewards folly. See Also: fool, foolery, foolish …

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  • 18folly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of good sense Nouns 1. folly, silliness, foolishness, inanity, idiocy; frivolity, ineptitude; giddiness; inattention; irrationality, eccentricity (see insanity); extravagance, nonsense, absurdity;… …

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  • 19folly — Synonyms and related words: absurdity, absurdness, act of folly, asininity, battiness, blunder, brainlessness, buffoonery, clownishness, crackpottedness, crankiness, craziness, daffiness, daftness, desipience, dottiness, dumb trick, dumbness,… …

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  • 20folly — n. 1. Foolishness, imbecility, fatuity, stupidity, shallowness, dulness, doltishness. 2. Absurdity, foolishness, extravagance, unwisdom, imprudence, nonsense, fatuity, indiscretion. 3. Act of folly, foolish act, indiscretion, blunder, faux pas. 4 …

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