Foolish vs Cowardly - What's the difference?

foolish | cowardly |

As adjectives the difference between foolish and cowardly

is that foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while cowardly is showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.

As an adverb cowardly is

in the manner of a coward.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




    (en adverb)
  • In the manner of a coward.
  • * , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.48:
  • I love to follow them, but not so cowardly , as my life remaine thereby in subjection.


  • Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; basely or weakly fearful.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
  • * Burke
  • The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.