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[kwik-sot-ik] /kwɪkˈsɒt ɪk/
(sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
Also, quixotical.
Origin of quixotic
1805-15; (Don) Quixote + -ic
Related forms
quixotically, adverb
half-quixotic, adjective
half-quixotically, adverb
unquixotic, adjective
unquixotical, adjective
unquixotically, adverb
2. fanciful, fantastic, imaginary.
2. realistic, practical. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quixotic
  • Going to war against an ideology is quixotic.
  • She is a quixotic mixture of illusion and reality.
  • But his core modus operandi - endowing research into the reconciliation of science and religion - seems quixotic.
  • Her description of the course of her condition is both delightfully quixotic and terribly sad.
  • Good luck on your noble but quixotic crusade.
  • I'm not sure her quest is heroic or quixotic, personally, but it does have a sort of 'I did it my way' appeal.
  • Page is a reflexive champion of big-sometimes quixotic-ideas.
  • Going up against the rest of the car industry may seem quixotic.
  • When he did get around to selling himself, his ideas often sounded quixotic.
  • When he did get around to talking about his own ideas, they seemed quixotic.
British Dictionary definitions for quixotic


preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic
Derived Forms
quixotically, adverb
quixotism (ˈkwɪksəˌtɪzəm) noun
Word Origin
C18: after Don Quixote
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Word Origin and History for quixotic

"extravagantly chivalrous," 1791, from Don Quixote, romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes' satirical novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha" (1605; English translation by 1620). His name literally means "thigh," also "a cuisse" (a piece of armor for the thigh), in Modern Spanish quijote, from Latin coxa "hip." Related: Quixotical; quixotically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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