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Thursday, September 20, 2001

Definitions for quixotic

  1. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
  3. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

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Citations for quixotic
In the next two days, Pitt and Giordino were hard-pressed to keep up their quixotic manner. Clive Cussler, Valhalla Rising, 2001
She took the arbitrary and often quixotic rules of the social structure entirely for granted… Louis Auchincloss, The Lady of Situations, 1990
Origin of quixotic
1805-1815
Quixotic is an eponym based on the character Don Quixote from Miguel de Cervantes's book of the same name in which a delusional would-be knight-errant roams the countryside in search of adventure.