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Fol"ly (?), n.; pl. Follies (#). [OE. folie, foli, F. folie, fr. fol, fou, foolish, mad. See Fool.]

1.

The state of being foolish; want of good sense; levity, weakness, or derangement of mind.

2.

A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery.

What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill. Shak.

3.

Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness.

[Achan] wrought folly in Israel. Josh. vii. 15.

When lovely woman stoops to folly. Goldsmith.

4.

The result of a foolish action or enterprise.

It is called this man's or that man's "folly," and name of the foolish builder is thus kept alive for long after years. Trench.

 

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