Praise of Folly, The

Praise of Folly, The

uses tongue-in-cheek praise to satirize contemporary customs, institutions, and beliefs. [Dutch Philos.: Erasmus The Praise of Folly in Haydn & Fuller, 607]
See: Satire
References in periodicals archive ?
As a result, the Paraphrases remained throughout that period the most accessible of Erasmus's writings, while the Colloquies, the Praise of Folly, the Complaint of Peace and, less relevant to religious culture, the Adages also continued to be popular with English readers.
Additionally, Massing locates parallels between the illustrations in the Demoulins manuscript and those drawings attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger in the 1515 edition of The Praise of Folly, the only illustrations of an Erasmian text extant (before this discovery).