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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOLLIES

I have no enmity to these ladies; I only despise them, or rather, their follies and their faults.

How kind has he ever been to all my follies, how tender and indulgent to all my wishes!

In such circumstances I cannot seek to extenuate any of my faults or follies.

I am afraid that I am about to suffer for the follies of my youth.

I know that method of excusing all male weaknesses and follies.

"It is not desirable to remember all the follies of childhood," said Emily, coldly.

And don't think I charge you with all the follies of this ridiculous distemper.

My remaining in Paris is the crowning folly of a life full of follies and mistakes.

It was true they were the vices and the follies of the age which she ridiculed; but why should she have ever known them?

We know all his follies and frailties, but we still adore him.

WORD ORIGIN

"revue with glamorous female performers," 1908, from French folies (mid-19c.), from folie (see folly), probably in its sense of "extravagance" (cf. extravaganza).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.