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quixotic

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of quixotic

  1. having or marked by a tendency to be guided more by ideals than by reality in this age of giant chain stores, any attempt at operating an independent bookstore must be regarded as quixotic Synonyms of quixotic idealist, idealistic, quixotical, romantic, starry, starry-eyed, utopian, visionaryWords Related to quixotic impractical, unrealistic; crusading, messianic, zealous; dewy-eyed, moonstruck, moony, sentimental, tender-minded; hopeful, optimistic, Pollyannaish (also Pollyannish), rosy, upbeat; doctrinaire, ideological (also ideologic)Near Antonyms of quixotic hardheaded, hard-nosed, tough-minded, unsentimental; practical, pragmatic (also pragmatical), realisticAntonyms of quixotic clear-eyed, clear-sighted

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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