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synonyms for folly

  • absurdity
  • craziness
  • foolishness
  • idiocy
  • indiscretion
  • lunacy
  • madness
  • recklessness
  • silliness
  • stupidity
  • daftness
  • fatuity
  • imbecility
  • impracticality
  • imprudence
  • inadvisability
  • inanity
  • irrationality
  • obliquity
  • rashness
  • senselessness
  • triviality
  • unsoundness
  • vice
  • dottiness
  • dumb thing to do
  • dumb trick
  • preposterousness
  • witlessness
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antonyms for folly

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  • care
  • carefulness
  • intelligence
  • sense
  • judgment
  • knowledge
  • seriousness
  • understanding
  • wisdom
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How to use folly in a sentence

If there is one book that captures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale of its passion and folly, this book is it.
NEIL SHEEHAN, N.Y. TIMES REPORTER WHO OBTAINED PENTAGON PAPERS AND CHRONICLED ‘BRIGHT SHINING LIE’ OF VIETNAM, DIES AT 84HARRISON SMITHJANUARY 7, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The folly of inferring 364 days from just one seems obvious.
FIRST DAY OF NEW YEAR UNUSUALLY CHILLY, UNUSUALLY WETMARTIN WEILJANUARY 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Philpott, a reporter for Mother Jones, points to the nearby Imperial Valley in Southern California as an example of this folly.
WHY PEOPLE STILL STARVE IN AN AGE OF ABUNDANCEBOBBIE JOHNSONDECEMBER 17, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
On a November afternoon programmed for football, it’s understandable to get lost in tradition and consider the NFL’s difficulty containing the virus to be inevitable follies.
THE CORONAVIRUS HAS TURNED THE NFL INTO A JOKE, AND NOBODY SHOULD BE LAUGHINGJERRY BREWERNOVEMBER 30, 2020WASHINGTON POST
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the folly of assuming that extreme scenarios will never come to pass.
WHY INVESTING IN SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE PAYS OFFLBELANGER225NOVEMBER 16, 2020FORTUNE
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
Greater mischiefs happen often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.
PEARLS OF THOUGHTMATURIN M. BALLOU
That he laughed at their folly, and went himself in the boat, ordering his men to take a strong cable along with them.
GULLIVER'S TRAVELSJONATHAN SWIFT
I am ready Madam,—for I have sufficiently experienced the folly of my presuming to decline it.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
This new-found joy I long pursued in secret, afraid lest it should be discovered and despised as a folly.
FIFTY YEARS OF RAILWAY LIFE IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELANDJOSEPH TATLOW
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WORDS RELATED TO FOLLY

  • BS
  • applesauce
  • bull
  • crap
  • craziness
  • farce
  • flapdoodle
  • folly
  • foolishness
  • hot air
  • idiocy
  • illogicality
  • illogicalness
  • improbability
  • inanity
  • incongruity
  • insanity
  • irrationality
  • jazz
  • jive
  • ludicrousness
  • ridiculousness
  • senselessness
  • silliness
  • stupidity
  • unreasonableness
  • antic
  • caper
  • fling
  • folly
  • frolic
  • gag
  • high jinks
  • lark
  • mischief
  • prank
  • rib
  • roguery
  • rollick
  • romp
  • scrape
  • shenanigans
  • spree
  • stunt
  • trick
  • vagary
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