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synonyms for foolishness

  • absurdity
  • bunk
  • craziness
  • folly
  • indiscretion
  • insanity
  • irrationality
  • irresponsibility
  • lunacy
  • rubbish
  • silliness
  • stupidity
  • absurdness
  • claptrap
  • foolery
  • impracticality
  • imprudence
  • inanity
  • insensibility
  • mistake
  • poppycock
  • senselessness
  • tommyrot
  • twaddle
  • unwiseness
  • weakness
  • carrying-on
  • dumb trick
  • fool trick
  • horse feathers
  • ludicrousness
  • preposterousness
  • unreasonableness
  • witlessness
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antonyms for foolishness

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  • judgment
  • sense
  • wisdom
  • care
  • carefulness
  • caution
  • circumspection
  • prudence
  • seriousness
  • thoughtfulness
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How to use foolishness in a sentence

I felt like I could write and speak with optimism about the future of conversation without it being foolish optimism.
BETTER CONVERSATIONS: THE 7 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF MEANINGFUL COMMUNICATIONMATTHEWHEIMERNOVEMBER 24, 2020FORTUNE
You could call Wolfe’s tactic of pushing an antelope until it collapses crazy, foolish, or futile.
CAN A HUNTER OUTRUN AN ANTELOPE? THIS ULTRA-MARATHONER IS FINDING OUT.BY CHRISTINE PETERSON/OUTDOOR LIFENOVEMBER 23, 2020POPULAR-SCIENCE
Sometimes the same decision that’s labeled as genius in one context is labeled as foolish in another, depending on the way the ball bounces.
THE DODGERS WERE THE BEST TEAM. AND THE BEST TEAM WON.TRAVIS SAWCHIKOCTOBER 28, 2020FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
So I would feel foolish putting the scientific ideas out there but not making my own comment about a larger conversation that includes more perspectives on what some of this could mean.
THE PHYSICIST’S NEW BOOK OF LIFE - ISSUE 92: FRONTIERSMICHAEL BROOKSOCTOBER 21, 2020NAUTILUS
Trying to envision life months or a couple of years down the road may seem futile or even foolish.
HOW TO PLAN YOUR LIFE DURING A PANDEMICAMY NORDRUMSEPTEMBER 26, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
I see no infinite goodness here, but only the infinite foolishness of sentimental superstition.
GOD AND MY NEIGHBOURROBERT BLATCHFORD
Jess carried this idea in her mind, although she was not as much troubled by her schoolmates foolishness as was Mother Wit.
THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON THE STAGEGERTRUDE W. MORRISON
Or perhaps a species of snob who cannot see the difference between his own foolishness and the foolishness of others.
THE WHALE AND THE GRASSHOPPERSEUMAS O'BRIEN
As favour and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
THE 'CHARACTERS' OF JEAN DE LA BRUYREJEAN DE LA BRUYRE
She even tried to sing again, in her faint sweet voice, some of the dear old songs, laughing softly at her own foolishness.
DAVID FLEMING'S FORGIVENESSMARGARET MURRAY ROBERTSON
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WORDS RELATED TO FOOLISHNESS

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