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 (kwĭk-sŏt′ĭk) also quix·ot·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
2. Capricious; impulsive: "At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious" (Louis Auchincloss).

[From English Quixote, a visionary, after Don Quixote, , hero of a romance by Miguel de Cervantes.]

quix·ot′i·cal·ly adv.
quix′o·tism (kwĭk′sə-tĭz′əm) n.


a tendency to absurdly chivalric, visionary, or romantically impractical conduct. — quixotic, quixotical, adj.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quixotism - quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior
idealism - impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are


[ˈkwɪksətɪzəm] Nquijotismo m
References in classic literature ?
Shelby, "but I think you had better think before you undertake such a piece of Quixotism.
For example, coming by the house of a country gentleman, as Father Simon called him, about ten leagues off the city of Nankin, we had first of all the honour to ride with the master of the house about two miles; the state he rode in was a perfect Don Quixotism, being a mixture of pomp and poverty.
Attempting to live up to inflated expectations by transcending entrenched constraints in an era of limits amounts to a kind of presidential Quixotism.
Tim O'Brien and Robert Stone let themselves be puzzled in Vietnam, and occasionally in the Middle East or Latin America, but it always feels as if the whole journey is a variation on the theme of American Quixotism.
It was a quixotism born partly of a turbulent love life, that of a woman "whose feminism was above all concerned with the respect for, and the preservation of, true masculinity.
Yet it is not nostalgia that drives Hobza; what seems more apparent is the pleasure she takes in the quixotism of her self-appointed missions.