(?), 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.
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2. A foolish act; an inconsiderate or thoughtless procedure; weak or light-minded conduct; foolery.
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What folly 'tis to hazard life for ill.
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3. Scandalous crime; sin; specifically, as applied to a woman, wantonness.
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[Achan] wrought folly in Israel.
Josh. vii. 15.
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When lovely woman stoops to folly.
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4. The result of a foolish action or enterprise.
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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.
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