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folly

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1 a foolish act or idea
  • the American purchase of Alaska was originally considered a grand folly

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The first known use of folly was in the 13th century

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“Folly.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/folly. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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