folly vs madness what difference

what is difference between folly and madness

English

Etymology

From Old French folie (madness), from the adjective fol (mad, insane).

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɑli/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒli/
  • Rhymes: -ɒli
  • Hyphenation: fol‧ly

Noun

folly (plural follies)

  1. Foolishness that results from a lack of foresight or lack of practicality.
  2. Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.
  3. (architecture) A fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons.

Related terms

  • fool
  • foolery
  • foolish

Translations

Further reading

  • folly on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • folyl


English

Etymology

From Middle English madnes, madnesse; equivalent to mad +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmæd.nəs/, /ˈmæd.nɪs/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmad.nəs/
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈmɛd.nɘs/

Noun

madness (countable and uncountable, plural madnesses)

  1. The state of being mad; insanity; mental disease.
  2. The state of being angry.
  3. rash folly

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:insanity

Antonyms

  • sanity

Translations

Anagrams

  • Amsdens, desmans

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