noun, plural follies for 2–6.
the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity: the folly of performing without a rehearsal.
a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure.
Architecture. a whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found especially in England in the 18th century.
follies, a theatrical revue.
Obsolete. wickedness; wantonness.

1175–1225; Middle English folie < Old French, derivative of fol, fou foolish, mad. See fool1

superfolly, noun, plural superfollies.

2. imprudence, rashness, mistake, foolishness, indiscretion, injudiciousness; madness, lunacy. Unabridged
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folly (ˈfɒlɪ)
n , pl -lies
1.  the state or quality of being foolish; stupidity; rashness
2.  a foolish action, mistake, idea, etc
3.  a building in the form of a castle, temple, etc, built to satisfy a fancy or conceit, often of an eccentric kind
4.  (plural) theatre an elaborately costumed revue
5.  archaic
 a.  evil; wickedness
 b.  lewdness; wantonness
[C13: from Old French folie madness, from fou mad; see fool1]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. folie, from fol (see fool). Sense of "costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder" is attested from 1650s. Used since M.E. of place names, especially country estates, as a form of O.Fr. folie in its meaning "delight." Meaning "glamorous
theatrical revue with lots of pretty girls" is from 1880, from French.

revue with glamorous female performers, 1908, from Fr. folies (mid-19c.).
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Example sentences for follies
Follies was truncated to a single lp missing four songs and abridging many of the others.
He is also revered for his great follies and believed to be a savior of slack.
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