[ noun ] the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

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(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)

She could not resist the opportunity `` of showing her superiority in argument over a man '' which she had remarked as one of the `` feminine follies '' of Sara_Sullam ; and in her forthright way , Henrietta , who in her story of Sara had indicated her own unwillingness `` to think_of men as the privileged '' and `` women as submissive and yielding '' , felt obliged to defend vigorously any statement of hers to which Morris_Jastrow took the slightest exception - he objected to her stand on the Corbin affair , as_well_as on the radical reforms of Dr._Wise of Hebrew_Union_College - until once , in sheer desperation , he wrote that he had given_up hope they would ever agree on anything .

[ noun ] a stupid mistake

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But to imitate an opponent when he has made the mistake of his life would be a new high in statesmanlike folly .

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[ noun ] the quality of being rash and foolish

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[ noun ] foolish or senseless behavior