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Folly, 1) perversity of judgment, absurdity: Lucr. 992. Lucr. 992 Sonn. 11, 6. Gentl. I, 1, 34. Gentl. I, 1, 34 I, 2, 15. I, 2, 15 II, 1, 81. Meas. III, 2, 149. Ado II, 3, 243. LLL V, 2, 70. LLL V, 2, 70 Mids. III, 2, 315. As V, 4, 111 etc.
2) absurd act: As II, 4, 34. H4B II, 2, 196. Plur. “--ies:” Gentl. II, 1, 40. Ado II, 3, 11. Merch. II. 6, 37. Wint. II, 3, 128. Lr. III, 7, 91 etc.
3) weakness of intellect, stupidity: “and f. doctor-like controlling skill,” Sonn. 66, 10. “the f. of this island!” Tp. III, 2, 5. “this is your own f.” Wiv. V, 5, 206. “cold wisdom waiting on superfluous f.” All's I, 1, 116.
4) inordinate desire, wantonness: “her sad behaviour feeds his vulture f.” Lucr. 556. “why should tyrant f. lurk in gentle breasts?” Lucr. 556 “the f. of my soul dares not present itself,” Wiv. II, 2, 253. “he gives her f. motion and advantage,” III, 2, 35. “whose settled visage and deliberate word nips youth i' the bud and --ies doth emmew,” Meas. III, 1, 91. “your fault was not your f.” John I, 262. “tempt me no more to f.” Troil. V, 2, 18. “even her f. helped her to an heir,” Oth. II, 1, 138. “she turned to f., and she was a whore,” V, 2, 132. cf. also Ven. 838. Wiv. II, 2, 193. LLL IV, 3, 44. Mids. I, 1, 200.
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