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quixotic

[kwik-sot-ik] /kwɪkˈsɒt ɪk/
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
1805-1815
1805-15; (Don) Quixote + -ic
Related forms
quixotically, adverb
half-quixotic, adjective
half-quixotically, adverb
unquixotic, adjective
unquixotical, adjective
unquixotically, adverb
Synonyms
2. fanciful, fantastic, imaginary.
Antonyms
2. realistic, practical.
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quixotic

/kwɪkˈsɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
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 un-quixotic
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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