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What's the difference between these two words ,foolish and stupid?


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    Foolish = adjective; lacking good sense or judgement; silly or unwise

    Stupid = adjective; lacking intelligence or common sense.

    1. Lacking good sense or judgment; silly: “foolish remarks.’’
    2. Resulting from stupidity or misinformation; ill-advised; unwise: “a foolish decision.”
    3. Devoid of meaning or coherence; ridiculous; inane: “a foolish grin.”
    4. Abashed; embarrassed: “I feel foolish telling you this.”

    Synonyms: Foolish, silly, fatuous, absurd, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous.
    These adjectives are applied to what is devoid of wisdom or good sense.
    “Foolish,” the least emphatic or derogatory, implies poor judgment in a person or general lack of wisdom or soundness in concepts or entities.
    “Silly’ suggests what lacks point, purpose or semblance of intellectual content.
    “Fatuous” intensifies the idea of emptiness or inanity and often also implies, in persons, smugness of lack or awareness of one’s stupidity.
    “Absurd, together with the remaining terms, implies obvious departure from truth, nature, reason or common sense.
    “Preposterous” suggests what is so far from reason or sense that it seems a travesty of them and does not merit consideration.
    “Ridiculous” refers to what inspires derision and contempt because of its absurdity.
    “Ludicrous” applies to what causes scornful laughter.

    1. In a stupor; stupefied.
    2. 2. Slow to apprehend; dull; obtuse.
    3. Showing a lack of sense or intelligence.
    Informal: Uninteresting; trite or dull: “a stupid job.”

    Synonyms: Stupid, slow, dumb, dull, obtuse, dense, crass.
    These adjectives mean lacking mental acuity.
    “Slow” and the informal “dumb” imply chronic sluggishness of perception or understanding.
    “Stupid” and “dull” occasionally suggest a mere temporary state.
    “Stupid” and “dumb” can also refer to individual actions that are extremely foolish.
    “Obtuse” implies insensitivity or unreceptiveness to instruction.
    “Dense” suggests a mind that is virtually impenetrable or incapable of grasping even elementary ideas.
    “Crass” refers especially to stupidity marked by coarseness or tastelessness.

    While “foolish” carries no strong emotion, “stupid” can be insulting.

    He was angry with himself for having made such a foolish mistake.

    Can you persuade her to give up her foolish plans?

    I felt rather foolish when I couldn't answer the teacher's question.

    It is foolish to buy a car without a warranty.

    What a stupid idiot!

    He was angry with himself for having made such a foolish mistake.

    What did he say in explanation of his stupid behavior?

    He treated the silly girl as a plaything.

    The silly ending robs the plot of any credibility

    We refuse to be insulted by these absurd accusations.

    What a ridiculous idea!

    What an absurd suggestion!

    Whatever ridiculous thing the newspaper prints, some people always believe it.

    He made many ludicrous mistakes in his speech.

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