Judgment vs Fool - What's the difference?

judgment | fool |

As nouns the difference between judgment and fool

is that judgment is the act of judging while fool is (pejorative) a person with poor judgment or little intelligence.

As a verb fool is

to trick; to make a fool of someone.



Alternative forms

* judgement (British) * iugement, iudgement, iudgment, iudgemente, iudgmente (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • The act of judging.
  • The power or faculty of performing such operations; especially, when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely; as, a man of judgment; a politician without judgment.
  • * Psalms 72:2 ().
  • He shall judge thy people with righteousness and thy poor with judgment .
  • * Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream , I-i
  • Hermia. I would my father look'd but with my eyes. Theseus. Rather your eyes must with his judgment look.
  • The conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision.
  • * Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona , IV-iv
  • She in my judgment was as fair as you.
  • (legal) The act of determining, as in courts of law, what is conformable to law and justice; also, the determination, decision, or sentence of a court, or of a judge.
  • * .
  • In judgments between rich and poor, consider not what the poor man needs, but what is his own.
  • * Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice , IV-i
  • Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment .
  • (theology) The final award; the last sentence.
  • Usage notes

    See for discussion of spelling usage of judgment' versus '''judgement . Briefly, without the ''-e'' is preferred in law globally, and in American English, while with the ''-e is preferred in British English. Like (abridgment), (acknowledgment), and (lodgment), judgment is sometimes written with English spellings in American English, as (judgement) (respectively, (abridgement), (acknowledgement), and (lodgement)). The British spelling preserves the rule that G can only be soft while preceding an E, I, or Y.

    Derived terms

    * against one's better judgment * arrest of judgment * Day of Judgment * judgment call * judgment day * judgment debt * judgment hall * judgment hour * judgment of God * judgment seat * judgment summons * judgment throne






    (en noun)
  • (pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence.
  • You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking.
    The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.
  • * Franklin
  • Experience keeps a dear school, but fools' will learn in no ' other .
  • (historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages).
  • (informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
  • * Milton
  • Can they think me their fool or jester?
  • * 1975 , , "Fool for the City" (song), Fool for the City (album):
  • I'm a fool for the city.
  • (cooking) A type of dessert made of d fruit and custard or cream.
  • an apricot fool'''; a gooseberry '''fool
  • A particular card in a tarot deck.
  • Synonyms

    * (person with poor judgment) See also * (person who entertained a sovereign) jester, joker * (person who talks a lot of nonsense) gobshite


  • To trick; to make a fool of someone.
  • To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
  • * Dryden
  • Is this a time for fooling ?


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * befool * fool about * fool around * foolhardy * foolish * foolishness * foolometer * fool's errand * fool's gold * fool's paradise * foolproof * more fool you * play the fool * suffer fools gladly * there's no fool like an old fool


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