Definition of Foolishness

1. Noun. The trait of acting stupidly or rashly.

Exact synonyms: Folly, Unwiseness
Generic synonyms: Trait
Specialized synonyms: Indiscretion, Injudiciousness, Absurdity, Fatuity, Fatuousness, Silliness, Asininity
Antonyms: Wisdom
Derivative terms: Foolish, Unwise

2. Noun. The quality of being rash and foolish. "Adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
Exact synonyms: Craziness, Folly, Madness
Generic synonyms: Stupidity
Derivative terms: Crazy, Foolish, Mad

3. Noun. A stupid mistake.
Exact synonyms: Betise, Folly, Imbecility, Stupidity
Generic synonyms: Error, Fault, Mistake

Definition of Foolishness

1. n. The quality of being foolish.

Definition of Foolishness

1. Noun. The state of being foolish. ¹

2. Noun. A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity. ¹

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Definition of Foolishness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foolishness

fooling about
fooling around
foolish woman
foolishness (current term)
fools' errands
fools around
fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Literary usage of Foolishness

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1. Essays and Essay-writing: Based on Atlantic Monthly Models by William Maddux Tanner (1918)
"... Tim THE WISDOM OF foolishness HAS enough been said about the foolishness of friendship, — not the foolishness of being friends, but the wisdom of being ..."

2. The Works of Jonathan Edwards: With a Memoir of His Life and Character by Jonathan Edwards, Tryon Edwards (1854)
"Yet this same gospel which was to the Jews a stumbling-block and to the Greeks foolishness, and which is both a stumbling- block and foolishness to modern ..."

3. Selection Adapted to the Seasons of the Ecclesiastical Year from the by John Henry Newman (1878)
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." — I COR. iii. 18, 19. ..."

4. A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church by Philip Schaff, Henry Wace (1899)
"Thus their foolishness actually consisted in that feeble imagination which they mistook for wisdom. Hence it is that the very things which to them that ..."

5. Parochial Sermons by John Henry Newman (1837)
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ... For," he proceeds, (just as real wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of the world ..."

6. Sermons by Hugh Blair (1822)
"... after their foolishness hath perverted their way, and made them undergo the consequences of their own misconduct, they impiously fret in heart against ..."

7. The Congregational Review (1869)
"foolishness. When brilliant old Athenian wit The plain and earnest gospel met, It ou the story and the stress, Pronounced the verdict " foolishness. ..."

8. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1849)
"crafty devil ! lie went away, not for fear of the holy water, but because he would maintain men in error and foolishness. And no doubt it was the devil's ..."

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