noun, plural fol·lies for 2–6.
Origin of folly
Examples from the Web for folly
It was not until after the Challenger accident that the folly of this approach was realized.
But in the long term, Moscow can be made to regret its folly.
Whatever the reason behind all this folly, the Georgian people have earned their right to some form of protection by the West.Obama Tells Georgia to Forget About NATO After Encouraging It to Join|Will Cathcart|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most Democratic presidents – and perhaps secretly even George H.W. Bush – have understood the folly of U.S. policy toward Cuba.Obama Should End America’s Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba|Robert Shrum|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
John Kael Weston, who spent years in both, reflects on what another war would mean after the folly of the last two.War Is the New Peace: American Vets Reflect on Syria|John Kael Weston|September 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
How often are they branded with this epithet of madness and folly?The Anatomy of Melancholy|Democritus Junior
Penny dared not take time to try to convince the youth of the folly of fleeing from Immigration authorities.Swamp Island|Mildred A. Wirt
The image of his child, I believe, saved him many times from folly, more than once from guilt.Contraband|G. J. Whyte-Melville
I ought not to have married him; it was folly—money is not everything.Fast as the Wind|Nat Gould
Such an act of folly while the tender babe lay sick is not to be forgiven.Banked Fires|E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
British Dictionary definitions for folly
noun plural -lies
- evil; wickedness
- lewdness; wantonness
Word Origin for folly
Word Origin and History for folly
early 13c., "mental weakness; unwise conduct" (in Middle English including wickedness, lewdness, madness), from Old French folie (12c.) "folly, madness, stupidity," from fol (see fool (n.)). Sense of "costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder" is attested from 1650s. Used since Middle English of place names, especially country estates, as a form of Old French folie in its meaning "delight." Meaning "glamorous theatrical revue with lots of pretty girls" is from 1880, from French.