fool·​ish·​ness | \ˈfü-lish-nəs \

Definition of foolishness 

1 : foolish behavior

2 : a foolish act or idea

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Examples of foolishness in a Sentence

the foolishness of going off to search for the fountain of youth couldn't listen to another second of their foolishness, so I told them to be quiet

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By Tom Verducci The Mets have made many dumb moves in recent years, but even entertaining the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard would plumb new depths to their foolishness. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Jason Heyward's Turning Point, Expansion Possibilities and Bryce Harper's Struggles," 18 June 2018 How dare Patton invoke the good name of Run-DMC into his foolishness. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "GOP Senate Candidate Who Dressed as a Blackface 'Rapper' Issues Half-Ass Apology and Points Out His Black Friends," 18 June 2018 Then one scene later, the film will sharply pivot to comment on the foolishness of the whole game, before just ramping the silliness back up again. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Tag, You’re Not It," 14 June 2018 Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll and Elisabeth Moss star in this adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic play about misplaced love, art, fame and foolishness among family and friends on a Russian country estate. Kevin Crust,, "L.A. movie openings, May 11," 6 May 2018 Now adopted, Russia became the rationale for actions that should trouble Americans simply on account of their foolishness. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Clapper Disinformation Campaign," 29 May 2018 The problem was that technology was already on the roadthat made that foolishness redundant. star-telegram, "Gasoline: Pump Us Up?," 28 Apr. 2018 Being both determined and right is a wonderful thing in a politician but a dangerous one in a constitutional monarch—particularly when determination shades into pigheadedness and rightness comes with a hefty dose of foolishness. The Economist, "The monarchy is at its strongest in years, unlike the government," 19 May 2018 According to received wisdom, this should be an exercise in foolishness. Time, "Can Beto O'Rourke Turn Texas Blue?," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of foolishness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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