Folly vs Foolhardy - What's the difference?
As a noun folly
As an adjective foolhardy is
marked by unthinking recklessness with disregard for danger; bold but rash; hotheaded.
Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.
- This is a war of folly .
A fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons.
- The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Seward's folly.
- A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly .
Marked by unthinking recklessness with disregard for danger; bold but rash; hotheaded
, author=Mark Twain
, title=The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
, passage=The master’s pulse stood still, and he stared helplessly. The buzz of study ceased. The pupils wondered if this foolhardy
boy had lost his mind.}}
* 2000 . Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country , p. 14:
- In the middle distance several foolhardy souls in wet suits were surfing toward some foamy outbursts on the rocky headland...