Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
According to Mr. Locke, consists in the drawing of false conclusions from just principles, by which it is distinguished from madness, which draws just conclusions from false principles. But this seems too confined a definition. Folly, in its most general acceptation, denotes a weakness of intellect or apprehension, or some partial absurdity in sentiment or conduct.
See EVIL, SIN.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Folly'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/f/folly.html. 1802.