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Meaning of folly

fol•ly

Pronunciation: (fol'ē), [key]
— pl. -lies
  1. the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
  2. a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity: the folly of performing without a rehearsal.
  3. a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure.
  4. a whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found esp. in England in the 18th century.
  5. a theatrical revue.
  6. wickedness; wantonness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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