Definition of quixotic in English:


Line breaks: quix|ot¦ic
Pronunciation: /kwɪkˈsɒtɪk


Extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical: a vast and perhaps quixotic project
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  • Others existed only as working hypotheses, unrealized plans or quixotic fantasies.
  • His quixotic, idealist appeal for justice contrasts sharply with the rest of the exhibition, in which justice does not seem to be expected.
  • It is an old-fashioned project, and a quixotic one, but deeply moving in its hope that Wyclif's Bible and Burns's songs form an inheritance we would all want, if only we knew about it.
impracticable, unworkable, impossible, non-viable, inoperable, unserviceable;
useless, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious


late 18th century: from Don Quixote + -ic.



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  • That sounds quixotically noble, this stand for the ‘inviolability of marriage.’
  • He also seems to write with little concern for cadence, leaving himself stumbling over excess syllables and quixotically stuffing verbal square pegs into musical round holes when it comes time to sing.
  • The pioneers of wind energy are an iconoclastic lot, tilting, if you will, at the windmills of conventional energy wisdom and quixotically persisting in the face of difference and opposition.


Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪksətɪz(ə)m/


Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪksətri/
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  • This was an opportune moment to address the issue of the oppression of animals, until then catalogued in the annals of quixotry, as a serious moral problem.

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