foolishness

foolishness
n
1. senselessness, meaninglessness, thoughtlessness, shallowness, vacantness, blankness, vacuousness, emptiness; vapidity, vapidness, insipidity, insipidness, flatness, dullness, tediousness; stupidity, asininity, imbecility, idioticalness, insensateness, dumbness, doltishness; slowness, moronity; illogic, il-logicalness, illogicality, irrationality, irrationalness; idiocy, lunacy, madness, craziness, Sl. screwiness.
2. folly, unwiseness, imprudentness, imprudency, Archaic. insipience; indiscretion, indiscreetness, ineptitude; unreasonableness, foolhardiness, Sl. foolhead-edness, hastiness, impulsiveness, impetuousness; im-practicality, impracticalness, pointlessness, wild-goose chase, extravagance; ridiculousness, ridiculosity, ludi-crousness, preposterousness; absurdity, absurdness, nonsensicalness, nonsensicality.
3. nonsense, moonshine, gobbledegook; foolish humbug, bunkum or buncombe, Sl. bunk, U.S. Sl. blah; flummery, Inf. hokum, Sl. applesauce, Sl. eyewash; rubbish, Sl. tripe, refuse, Dial. culch, chaff, trash, Inf. truck, trumpery; tommyrot, Inf. rot, Sl. garbage, Sl. crap, Sl. crock, Sl. bull; balderdash, hog-wash, Sl. horsefeathers; stuff, stuff and nonsense, Inf. bosh, Brit. Inf. gammon, Brit. Sl. tosh; fudge, folly, rigmarole or rigamarole, amphigory; footle, Inf. ma-larkey, Sl. bushwa, Sl. baloney, Sl. bilge or bilge water, Sl. meshugaas, Scot, and North Eng. haver; poppycock, Inf. fiddle-faddle, Inf. piffle, Inf. hooey, Inf. kibosh, Inf. flapdoodle; claptrap, rodomontade, fustian, bombast, rant, Sl. hot air, Sl. gas.
4. antic, antics, caper, Inf. shenanigans, Sl. monkey-shines, Sl. monkeybusiness; prankishness, mischief, Inf. hanky-panky, Scot, and North Eng. daffing; prank, trick, practical joke; fooling, foolery, tomfoolery, horseplay; clowning, clownery, clownishness; buffoonery, buffoonism, buffoonishness, harlequinade; joking, jesting, jocosity, jocoseness, jocularity, wag-gishness, waggery, drollery; levity, frivolity, facetiousness; silliness, inanity, childishness, puerility, juvenility, Inf. sappiness.

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  • Foolishness — Fool ish*ness, n. 1. The quality of being foolish. [1913 Webster] 2. A foolish practice; an absurdity. [1913 Webster] The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. 1 Cor. i. 18. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foolishness — index credulity, ignorance, inexpedience, jargon (unintelligible language), lunacy, temerity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • foolishness — [n] idiocy, nonsense absurdity, absurdness, bunk*, carrying on*, claptrap*, craziness, dumb trick*, folly, foolery, fool trick, horse feathers*, impracticality, imprudence, inanity, indiscretion, insanity, insensibility, irrationality,… …   New thesaurus

  • foolishness — n. foolishness to + inf. (it was foolishness to do it) * * * [ fuːlɪʃnɪs] foolishness to + inf. (it was foolishness to do it) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • foolishness — noun I regretted my foolishness Syn: folly, stupidity, idiocy, imbecility, silliness, inanity, thoughtlessness, imprudence, injudiciousness, lack of foresight, lack of sense, irresponsibility, indiscretion, foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • foolishness — foolish ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking good sense or judgement; silly or unwise. DERIVATIVES foolishly adverb foolishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • foolishness — noun 1. the trait of acting stupidly or rashly (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑folly, ↑unwiseness • Ant: ↑wisdom (for: ↑folly) • Derivationally related forms …   Useful english dictionary

  • foolishness — noun Date: 15th century 1. foolish behavior 2. a foolish act or idea …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • foolishness — See foolishly. * * * …   Universalium

  • foolishness — noun a) The state of being foolish. b) A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity. Syn: imprudence, folly, extravagance, irresponsibility, indiscretion …   Wiktionary

  • foolishness — Synonyms and related words: Urdummheit, absurdity, absurdness, big deal, blank mind, blankmindedness, blankness, brainlessness, bull, bunk, calm of mind, craziness, devilishness, devilment, devilry, deviltry, dottiness, elfishness, emptiness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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