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Foolish vs. Wise — What's the Difference?

Foolish vs. Wise — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Foolish and Wise

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Foolish

Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise
He was foolish enough to confide in her
A foolish decision
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Wise

Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious
A wise leader.
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Foolish

Lacking or exhibiting a lack of good sense or judgment; silly
A foolish boy.
A foolish purchase.
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Wise

Exhibiting common sense; prudent
A wise decision.
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Foolish

Capable of arousing laughter; absurd or ridiculous
A foolish grin.
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Wise

Shrewd; crafty
Made a wise move selling the house when he did.
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Foolish

Embarrassed; abashed
I feel foolish telling you this.
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Wise

Provided with information; informed. Often used with to
I'm wise to your tricks. We were none the wiser after reading the report.
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Foolish

Insignificant; trivial
Foolish little knickknacks.
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Wise

(Slang) Rude and disrespectful; impudent.
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Foolish

(of a person, an action, etc.) Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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Wise

Method or manner of doing; way
In no wise.
In any wise.
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Foolish

Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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Wise

Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
"It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish" - Aeschylus
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Foolish

Marked with, or exhibiting, folly; void of understanding; weak in intellect; without judgment or discretion; silly; unwise.
I am a very foolish fond old man.
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Wise

Disrespectful.
Don't get wise with me!
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Foolish

Such as a fool would do; proceeding from weakness of mind or silliness; exhibiting a want of judgment or discretion; as, a foolish act.
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Wise

(colloquial) Aware, informed.
Be careful: the boss is wise to your plan to call out sick.
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Foolish

Absurd; ridiculous; despicable; contemptible.
A foolish figure he must make.
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Wise

To become wise.
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Foolish

Devoid of good sense or judgment;
Foolish remarks
A foolish decision
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Wise

Usually with "up", to inform or learn.
Mo wised him up about his situation.
After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.
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Foolish

Having or revealing stupidity;
Ridiculous anserine behavior
A dopey answer
A dopey kid
Some fool idea about rewriting authors' books
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Wise

(dialectal) To instruct.
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Wise

(dialectal) To advise; induce.
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Wise

(dialectal) To show the way, guide.
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Wise

(dialectal) To direct the course of, pilot.
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Wise

(dialectal) To cause to turn.
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Wise

(archaic) Way, manner, or method.
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Wise

Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned.
They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
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Wise

Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning and judging soundly concerning what is true or false, proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best means for accomplishing them; sagacious.
When clouds appear, wise men put their cloaks.
From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation.
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Wise

Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination.
Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now with me; but she's gone.Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of Brentford?
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Wise

Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
Nor, on the other side,Will I be penuriously wiseAs to make money, that's my slave, my idol.
Lords do not care for me:I am too wise to die yet.
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Wise

Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or management; a wise determination.
A very grave, state bachelor, my dainty one;He's wise in years, and of a temperate warmth.
You are too wise in years, too full of counsel,For my green experience.
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Wise

Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.
To love her in my beste wyse.
This song she sings in most commanding wise.
Let not these blessings then, sent from above,Abused be, or spilt in profane wise.
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Wise

A way of doing or being;
In no wise
In this wise
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Wise

United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)
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Wise

United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900)
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Wise

Having or prompted by wisdom or discernment;
A wise leader
A wise and perceptive comment
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Wise

Marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters;
Judicious use of one's money
A sensible manager
A wise decision
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Wise

Evidencing the possession of inside information
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Wise

Able to take a broad view of negotiations between states
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Wise

Carefully considered;
A considered opinion
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