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It had been folly enough while he believed that she stood ready to accept him and his wealth.

It is worse than folly to expect good from the way that things are now managed.

He had but the vaguest idea of the folly that possessed her.

But this was moderate, as the Edgware "folly" reached £250,000.

He must suffer more, must lose more, must pay more with happiness for his folly.

Then, with scorn for my folly, I ran out into the hall, crying for help.

And from dropsy to the deprivation of life into which your folly will bring you.

I hadn't the least intention of calling, but I answered him according to his folly.

He has no conception of what to do, and his folly is to feign folly.

What is to be said about the folly and cowardice of the suicide's act?

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "mental weakness; unwise conduct" (in Middle English including wickedness, lewdness, madness), from Old French folie (12c.) "folly, madness, stupidity," from fol (see fool (n.)). Sense of "costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder" is attested from 1650s. Used since Middle English of place names, especially country estates, as a form of Old French folie in its meaning "delight." Meaning "glamorous theatrical revue with lots of pretty girls" is from 1880, from French.

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