half-quixotic

quixotic

[kwik-sot-ik]
adjective
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
2.
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
3.
impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
Also, quixotical.


Origin:
1805–15; (Don) Quixote + -ic

quixotically, adverb
half-quixotic, adjective
half-quixotically, adverb
unquixotic, adjective
unquixotical, adjective
unquixotically, adverb


2. fanciful, fantastic, imaginary.


2. realistic, practical.
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quixotic (kwɪkˈsɒtɪk)
 
adj
preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic
 
[C18: after Don Quixote]
 
quix'otically
 
adv
 
quixotism
 
n

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quixotic
"extravagantly chivalrous," 1791, from Don Quixote, romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes' satirical novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha" (1605). His name lit. means "thigh," also "a cuisse" (a piece of armor for the thigh), in Mod.Sp. quijote, from L. coxa "hip."
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