adjective quix·ot·ic \kwik-ˈsä-tik\

: hopeful or romantic in a way that is not practical

Full Definition of QUIXOTIC

:  foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially :  marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
quix·ot·i·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
quix·ot·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of QUIXOTIC

  1. They had quixotic dreams about the future.
  2. <in this age of giant chain stores, any attempt at operating an independent bookstore must be regarded as quixotic>
  3. In … an earnest book-length essay of neo-Victorian public-mindedness that deplores the nasty, knowing abuse that the author would have us fear contaminates too much American humor lately, David Denby, a movie critic for The New Yorker, sets for himself what has to be one of the most quixotic projects that a moral reformer can undertake. —Walter Kirn, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009

Origin of QUIXOTIC

Don Quixote
First Known Use: 1718


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