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quix·ot·ic

 (kwĭk-sŏt′ĭk) also quix·ot·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
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.
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quixotic

(kwɪkˈsɒtɪk) or

quixotical

adj
preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic
[C18: after Don Quixote]
quixˈotically adv
quixotism n
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quix•ot•ic

(kwɪkˈsɒt ɪk)

also quix•ot′i•cal,



adj.
1. (sometimes cap.) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary; impractical.
[1805–15]
quix•ot′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.quixotic - not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic; "as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood"; "a romantic disregard for money"; "a wild-eyed dream of a world state"
impractical - not practical; not workable or not given to practical matters; "refloating the ship proved impractical because of the expense"; "he is intelligent but too impractical for commercial work"; "an impractical solution"
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quixotic

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quixotic

adjective
Not compatible with reality:
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Translations
don quichottismedonquichottisme

quixotic

[kwɪkˈsɒtɪk] ADJquijotesco
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quixotic

[kwɪkˈsɒtɪk] adjchimérique
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quixotic

adj behaviour, gesture etcedelmütig, ritterlich; idealsschwärmerisch, idealistisch; a foolish quixotic acteine Donquichotterie; don’t you find that a little quixotic?finden Sie das nicht etwas versponnen?
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quixotic

[kwɪkˈsɒtɪk] adj (frm) → donchisciottesco/a
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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.
I wrung my hands over this absurd piece of Quixotism; but if he was determined on this deed, of course I could not stop him.
But by making Herzog contradict himself so quickly, Bellow implies that the choice to imitate models, carry forward tradition, and follow in one's father's footsteps, on the one hand, or to deliberately try to break with the past and be 'original,' a true individualist, on the other, is only a choice between quixotisms.
As we have seen, he remains trapped between these quixotisms, unable to advance or retreat.
In all three of these works, moreover, we will see quixotism linked in a complex, paradoxical way with violence, particularly--though not exclusively--violence that is anti-Semitic in nature.
Round, Nicholas, "Towards a Typology of Quixotisms." Cervantes and the Modernists: The Question of Influence.
(1) Nicholas Round notes in "Towards a Typology of Quixotisms" that "we do not at present have a reliable genetic science of literary creation," an admission of the difficulty of tracking literary influence taxonomically, or in terms of a "biological" lineage of a text "begotten" by another (9).
One who studies the novel is likely to encounter the problem of quixotism. Anthony Cascardi has written, "there is something quixotic about the novel itself," and, as J.
Michael Wood playfully speculates on Cervantes's reactions upon reading Borges and Nabokov, and, in the most original essay in the volume, Nicholas Round sets forth a 'Notes towards a Typology of Quixotisms'.
"Toward a Typology of Quixotisms" Cervantes and the Modernists: The Question of Influence.
Part of the richness of both novels resides in the fact that the putative "normal" world surrounding the deranged protagonists pulsates with its own low-grade quixotism: Lolita's imagination is captured by movies and advertisements, Charlotte Haze's by cheap paper-backs and magazines, the headmistress Pratt of Beardsley by the psychobabble of "progressive schooling" (177).