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[kwik-suh-tiz-uh m] /ˈkwɪk səˌtɪz əm/
(sometimes initial capital letter) quixotic character or practice.
a quixotic idea or act.
Origin of quixotism
1660-70; (Don) Quixote + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The quixotism which they sneer at often contains a kernel of much nobility and sweetness.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • What foolish infatuation had ever suggested to me the quixotism of these wanderings?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • If, as Pacheco reports, Luis de Leon was the most taciturn of men, he was chivalrous to the point of quixotism.

    Fray Luis de Len James Fitzmaurice-Kelly
  • quixotism, or Utopianism; that is another of the devil's pet words.

  • He obeyed and expounded Sypher's quixotism in his roundabout fashion.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • It was a madness—a quixotism—the wild, unconsidered act of a fool.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • His name was Graves, and he regarded what he called the judge's "quixotism" with condescending good-nature.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • But there was no piece of quixotism they did not think Michael capable of.

    The Black Opal Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Ronald interrupted him: "Then my mother was right, and I did not give you bad advice in spite of my quixotism?"

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • For in that character there has dawned a sort of quixotism which never used to be there.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

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