Intelligent vs Foolish - What's the difference?

intelligent | foolish | Antonyms |

Intelligent is an antonym of foolish.

As adjectives the difference between intelligent and foolish

is that intelligent is of high or especially quick cognitive capacity, bright while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Alternative forms

* entelligent


  • Of high or especially quick cognitive capacity, bright.
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  • Well thought-out, well considered.
  • Characterized by thoughtful interaction.
  • Having the same level of brain power as mankind.
  • Having an environment-sensing automatically-invoked built-in computer capability.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * stupid




  • 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.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness