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Examples of quixotic in a Sentence
- 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
- The history of biblical oil prospecting is filled with quixotic quests and colorful characters, starting with Welsie Hancock, a wealthy California man who in the 1960s dreamed that Jesus told him he would find black gold in the Holy Land. He sunk his entire fortune into two dry holes. —Mariah Blake, Mother Jones, January and February 2008
- Mumey had announced his candidacy as an independent in the partisan election, which meant that he needed 2,300 signatures of registered voters in order to get on the ballot in the fall. It seemed a quixotic adventure, given the small size of Celebration and Mumey's lack of name recognition outside the town. —Douglas Frantz et al., Celebration, USA, 1999
They had quixotic dreams about the future.
in this age of giant chain stores, any attempt at operating an independent bookstore must be regarded as quixotic
Recent Examples of quixotic from the Web
For others, despite the bluster, posturing and quixotic legislative activity by European partners to keep the deal alive, the JCPOA died on 8 May, when President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the arrangement.
This endeavor will strike many of the administration’s critics as quixotic.
This quixotic journey laid the groundwork for Cox’s gubernatorial bid — which, like the initiative campaigns, depends heavily on his personal wealth.
Ben Sasse? — to take on Trump in 2020, no matter how quixotic that bid might be.
The quixotic coach tied his hero, Toe Blake, with his eighth NHL championship.
To the mainstream scientific community, Dorman’s quest is quixotic at best, tilting at windmills made of glycoproteins and RNA.
But suddenly, Ohtani’s quest to become the first major leaguer to pitch and hit regularly in nearly a century doesn’t look so quixotic.
Stealing the show is Zhuang, irrepressible, quixotic, an endlessly scheming operator who finds his calling in activism — rallying opposition to a corrupt land grab in his village.
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quixotic Has Roots in Literature
If you guessed that quixotic has something to do with Don Quixote, you're absolutely right. The hero of the 17th-century Spanish novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (by Miguel de Cervantes) didn't change the world by tilting at windmills, but he did leave a linguistic legacy in English. The adjective quixotic is based on his name and has been used to describe unrealistic idealists since at least the early 18th century. The novel has given English other words as well. Dulcinea, the name of Quixote's beloved, has come to mean mistress or sweetheart, and rosinante, which is sometimes used to refer to an old, broken-down horse, comes from the name of the hero's less-than-gallant steed.
Synonym Discussion of quixotic
- an imaginary desert isle
- a teller of fanciful stories
- visionary schemes
- a fantastic world inhabited by monsters
- chimerical dreams of future progress
- a quixotic crusade
QUIXOTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quixotic for English Language Learners
: hopeful or romantic in a way that is not practical
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