Don Quixote

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Don Qui·xo·te

 (kē-hō′tē, kwĭk′sət)
An impractical idealist bent on righting incorrigible wrongs.

[After Don Quixote, , hero of a satirical chivalric romance by Miguel de Cervantes.]

Don Quixote

(ˈdɒn kiːˈhəʊtiː; ˈkwɪksət; Spanish don kiˈxote)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an impractical idealist
[after the hero of Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha]

Don Quix•o•te

(ˌdɒn kiˈhoʊ ti, -teɪ, dɒn ˈkwɪk sət)
the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty but impractical ideals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Don Quixote - the hero of a romance by CervantesDon Quixote - the hero of a romance by Cervantes; chivalrous but impractical
2.Don Quixote - any impractical idealist (after Cervantes' hero)
idealist, dreamer - someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations

Don Quixote

[dɒnˈkwɪksət] NDon Quijote
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Like the other explorations of paradox in Don Quixote, Don Diego's reaction to Don Quixote offers a model for the reader's response to Cervantes's complex and dialogic text.
Myths of Modern Individualism: Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Robinson Crusoe.
Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, and Robinson Crusoe are strikingly different from one another - the German magician who sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power; the Spanish country gentleman who decides to become a knight-errant and rides off one day in search of adventures; the young Spanish nobleman who seduces woman after woman and breaks faith with anyone who trusts him; the English sailor, sole survivor of a shipwreck, who in his years on a desert island recreates human civilisation by his own efforts.