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quixotic

adjective quix·ot·ic \kwik-ˈsä-tik\

: hopeful or romantic in a way that is not practical

Full Definition of QUIXOTIC

1
:  foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially :  marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
2
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

Synonym Discussion of QUIXOTIC

imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination <an imaginary desert isle>. fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination <a teller of fanciful stories>. visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization <visionary schemes>. fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief <a fantastic world inhabited by monsters>. chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic <chimerical dreams of future progress>. quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense <a quixotic crusade>.

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