quixotism

[kwik-suh-tiz-uhm]
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) quixotic character or practice.
2.
a quixotic idea or act.

Origin:
1660–70; (Don) Quixote + -ism

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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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The bare mention of such quixotism evokes an incredulous, pitying smile.
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