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[faw-lee] /fɔˈli/
noun, plural folies
[faw-lee] /fɔˈli/ (Show IPA).
madness; insanity.
Origin of folie
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The French had coined a name for the distemper and called it folie d'Afrique.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • In addition, she suffered from echolalia, echokinesis, and folie du doute.

  • Among the serious results of faulty mental habit must be included also the doubting folly (folie du doute).

    Why Worry? George Lincoln Walton, M.D.
  • One folie Tristan was composed in England in the last years of the 12th century.

  • This 'folie des nombres,' against which (p. 004) certain French Authorities have warned us, is a very stern reality.

    Cavalry in Future Wars Frederick von Bernhardi.
  • Dr. Johnson, who was a sufferer from folie du doute, had to touch every post he passed.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • Some of them went into the folie Wood nearby and met seven German officers strolling about the glades, as though no war was on.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • Its owners head fell, severed by the guillotine, and his folie became national property.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
  • Of the two terms (folie circulaire and manic-depressive insanity) the latter is the more correct.

  • They brand our gifts with fancy scientific names, such as Megalomania, Paranoia, folie des grandeurs.

    Visionaries James Huneker

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