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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.
This paper proposes to examine this multilingual, postmodern play and to position it in our contemporary discussion of quixotism.
Thus, the continuations helped crystalize Cervantism, a field focused on the life and works of the author, and Quixotism, a behavioral pattern that lent itself to satire, but also an area of research in its own right (Aguilar Pinal 207; Alvarez Barrientos, "El Quijote de Avellaneda" 18).
In 1836, Tennessee's Justice Reece proclaimed: "[To] redress the wrongs of the indigent and the injured is no quixotism, but [rather] a grave and highly honorable duty of the profession.
What sets Raff's account apart is how she turns this conventional view of quixotism on its ear by detailing how "orthodox," moralizing authors like Samuel Richardson themselves "encouraged quixotism in the reader (15).
But on the other, I'm all in favor of disrupting conventions, of walkouts and quixotism and vainglorious campaigns against insuperable odds.
Critics have frequently construed Emma Woodhouse to be a version of a quixotic heroine like Cherry (Waldron 115-16), although in her case quixotism takes the form of imagining romances for others rather than for herself.
Embattled Reason, Principled Sentiment and Political Radicalism: Quixotism in English Novels, 1742-1801.
Consequently, we need to be realistic, as opposed to most governments that appear to satisfy themselves with a sort of metaphysical Don Quixotism, or, at least, Sentimentalism; that being a fanciful idealist, without any grounded rationality for valuing PCSS.
Attempting to live up to inflated expectations by transcending entrenched constraints in an era of limits amounts to a kind of presidential Quixotism.
Why the Wyoming Resolution Had to Be Emasculated: A History and a Quixotism.