noun, plural fo·lies [faw-lee] /fɔˈli/. French.

madness; insanity.

Origin of folie

First recorded in 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for folie

Historical Examples of folie

  • 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).

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    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.

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    Frederick von Bernhardi.