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Definition of 'folly'

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His advice for those who fancy their own bit of folly building? Times, Sunday Times (2012)Thus are great national follies pumped until they burst. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But architecture was a different matter from furnishings or garden follies. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)It was an act of sheer folly. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Will you see my folly and forgive my trespass? Kathleen E. Woodiwiss THE WOLF AND THE DOVEAll of which exposes the folly of building a team around one man. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This book is a treasure trove of human folly. Times, Sunday Times (2009)His nature was an unnatural mixture of folly and wickedness. Kishlansky, Mark A. (editor) Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)She relies on us to see through folly and hypocrisy as keenly as she does herself. Times, Sunday Times (2010)One of the persistent follies of human nature is to imagine true happiness is just out of reach. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Folly is seen to be the condition of all - both on and off stage. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)Doom makes human folly appear at once more pernicious, and more endearing. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)As a lesson in vanity and sheer human folly, it deserves to be a classic. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I can see the folly in applying contemporary moral standards retrospectively. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He draws back when I suggest his images are portraits of human folly. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You wait for one tower folly to open in the English countryside... and then two come along. Times, Sunday Times (2013)What is the largest building project, folly or otherwise, to be undertaken by just one man? Times, Sunday Times (2006)What is the biggest building project, folly or otherwise, to have been completed by one man? Times, Sunday Times (2006)

Synonyms of 'folly'

foolishness, bêtise, nonsense, madness

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Translations for 'folly'

British English: folly NOUN
If you say that a particular action or way of behaving is folly or a folly, you mean that it is foolish.
It's sheer folly to build nuclear power stations in a country that has dozens of earthquakes every year.
  • American English: folly
  • Brazilian Portuguese: loucura
  • Chinese: 愚蠢的事
  • European Spanish: locura
  • French: inconscience
  • German: Torheit
  • Italian: follia
  • Japanese: 愚かさ
  • Korean: 어리석은 짓
  • European Portuguese: loucura
  • Spanish: locura

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