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FOOL, noun [Heb.]

1. One who is destitute of reason, or the common powers of understanding; an idiot. Some persons are born fools, and are called natural fools; others may become fools by some injury done to the brain.

2. In common language, a person who is somewhat deficient in intellect, but not an idiot; or a person who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his reason; one who pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness.

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psalms 14:1.

4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief.

O fools, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have written. Luke 24:25.

Also, one who is accounted or called a fool by ungodly men. 1 Corinthians 4:10.

5. A term of indignity and reproach.

To be thought knowing, you must first put the fool upon all mankind.

6. One who counterfeits folly; a buffoon; as a king's fool

I scorn, although their drudge, to be their fool or jester.

1. To play the fool to act the buffoon; to jest; to make sport.

2. To act like one void of understanding.

To put the fool on, to impose on; to delude.

To make a fool of, to frustrate; to defeat; to disappoint.

FOOL, verb intransitive To trifle; to toy; to spend time in idleness, sport or mirth.

Is this a time for fooling?

FOOL, verb transitive

1. To treat with contempt; to disappoint; to defeat; to frustrate; to deceive; to impose on.

When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat; for fooled with hope, men favor the deceit.

2. To infatuate; to make foolish.

3. To cheat; as, to fool one out of his money.

1. To fool away, to spend in trifles, idleness, folly, or without advantage; as, to fool away time.

2. To spend for things of no value or use; to expend improvidently; as, to fool away money.

FOOL, noun A liquid made of gooseberries scalded and pounded, with cream.

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FOOL'BORN adjective Foolish from the birth.

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FOOL'ED, participle passive Disappointed; defeated; deceived; imposed on.

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FOOL'ERY, noun

1. The practice of folly; habitual folly; attention to trifles.

2. An act of folly or weakness.

3. Object of folly.

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FOOL'HAPPY, adjective Lucky without judgment or contrivance.

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FOOLH'ARDINESS, noun Courage without sense or judgment; mad rashness.

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FOOLH'ARDISE, noun Foolhardiness. [Not in use.]

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FOOLH'ARDY, adjective [fool and hardy.] Daring without judgment; madly rash and adventurous; foolishly bold.

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FOOL'ING, participle present tense Defeating; disappointing; deceiving.

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FOOL'ISH, adjective

1. Void of understanding or sound judgment; weak in intellect; applied to general character.

2. Unwise; imprudent; acting without judgment or discretion in particular things.

3. Proceeding from folly, or marked with folly; silly; vain; trifling.

But foolish questions avoid. 2 Timothy 2:23.

4. Ridiculous; despicable.

A foolish figure he must make.

5. In scripture, wicked; sinful; acting without regard to the divine law and glory, or to one's own eternal happiness.

O foolish Galatians - Galatians 3:1.

6. Proceeding from depravity; sinful; as foolish lusts. 1 Timothy 6:9.

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FOOL'ISHLY, adverb

1. Weakly; without understanding or judgment; unwisely; indiscreetly.

2. Wickedly; sinfully.

I have done very foolishly 2 Samuel 24:10.

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1. Folly; want of understanding.

2. Foolish practice; want of wisdom or good judgment.

3. In a scriptural sense, absurdity; folly.

The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness 1 Corinthians 1:18.

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FOOLS'CAP, noun [Latin scapus, or folio and shape.] A kind of paper of small size.

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FOOL'S-P'ARSLEY, noun A plant, of the genus Aethusa.

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FOOL'STONES, noun A plant, the Orchis.

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FOOL'TRAP, noun A trap to catch fools; as a fly trap.