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synonyms for foolish

  • absurd
  • crazy
  • fantastic
  • ill-advised
  • insane
  • irrational
  • ludicrous
  • preposterous
  • ridiculous
  • silly
  • stupid
  • unreasonable
  • unwise
  • asinine
  • brainless
  • cockamamy
  • daffy
  • daft
  • dippy
  • doltish
  • dotty
  • fatuous
  • feebleminded
  • half-baked
  • half-witted
  • harebrained
  • ill-considered
  • imbecilic
  • imprudent
  • incautious
  • indiscreet
  • injudicious
  • jerky
  • kooky
  • loony
  • lunatic
  • mad
  • moronic
  • nerdy
  • nutty
  • senseless
  • short-sighted
  • simple
  • unintelligent
  • wacky
  • weak
  • witless
  • zany
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antonyms for foolish

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  • balanced
  • logical
  • plain
  • practical
  • rational
  • realistic
  • reasonable
  • responsible
  • sane
  • sensible
  • serious
  • smart
  • sound
  • wise
  • careful
  • cautious
  • circumspect
  • prudent
  • thoughtful
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The adjective foolish implies a lack of common sense or good judgment or, sometimes, a weakness of mind: a foolish decision; The child seems foolish. Fatuous implies being not only foolish, dull, and vacant in mind, but complacent and highly self-satisfied as well: fatuous and self-important; fatuous answers. Silly denotes extreme and conspicuous foolishness; it may also refer to pointlessness of jokes, remarks, etc.: silly and senseless behavior; a perfectly silly statement. Inane applies to silliness that is notably lacking in content, sense, or point: inane questions that leave one with no reply. Stupid implies natural slowness or dullness of intellect, or, sometimes, a benumbed or dazed state of mind; it is also used to mean foolish or silly: He was rendered stupid by a blow; It is stupid to do such a thing. Asinine originally meant like an ass; it applies to witlessly stupid conversations or conduct and suggests a lack of social grace or perception: He failed to notice the reaction to his asinine remarks.

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How to use foolish in a sentence

Not only that, but a lot of their male family members — brothers, brothers-in-law, and fathers — had volunteered unsolicited opinions about how foolish they had been.
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When Christians believe and propagate foolish things like QAnon, they make it even harder for others to listen.
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I think the coronavirus response, which has been incompetent and foolish, has probably also contributed to their grievances.
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In Lukashenko’s Belarus, independent political leaders are seen as brave yet reckless, even foolish, for voluntarily jumping into the spotlight and risking his wrath.
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By the end of the 1500s, silly was used for “lacking good sense, foolish, irrational, ridiculous.”
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It's an idle question, I know; wise men and musty philosophers say that regrets are foolish.
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For others life is but a foolish leisure with mock activities and mimic avocations to mask its uselessness.
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More foolish, more culpable weakness was never shown than in thus yielding to these schemes.
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They that sit on mount Seir, and the Philistines, and the foolish people that dwell in Sichem.
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Feeling sixteen and very foolish, she sank to the edge of a chair and muttered something about the charm of the room.
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