Foolish vs Foolishness - What's the difference?

foolish | foolishness | Derived terms |

Foolishness is a derived term of foolish.

As a adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun foolishness is

(uncountable) the state of being foolish.




  • 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



  • (uncountable) The state of being foolish.
  • (countable) A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity.
  • Synonyms

    * imprudence, folly * extravagance, irresponsibility * indiscretion, absurdity * ridiculousness * stupidity


    * wisdom