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Definitions for quixotic
kwɪkˈsɒt ɪkquixot·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quixotic, romantic, wild-eyedadjective

    not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic

    "as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood"; "a romantic disregard for money"; "a wild-eyed dream of a world state"


  1. Quixoticadjective

    Like the deeds of Don Quixote; ridiculously impractical; unachievable; extravagantly romantic; doomed to failure; as, a quixotic quest.


  1. quixoticadjective

    Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality.

  2. quixoticadjective


  3. quixoticadjective

    Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.

  4. Etymology: The surname of Don Quixote, the titular character in the novel by Miguel Cervantes, + -ic


  1. quixotic

    Quixotic is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic, and impractical. It's derived from the character Don Quixote, who is known for his fantastic and impractical ideas. Hence, it often indicates a kind of foolish, yet noble, devotion to lofty or romantic ideals, often disregarding practical considerations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quixoticadjective

    like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded


  1. Quixotic

    Quixotic is the debut album by English singer-songwriter Martina Topley-Bird. The album spans several musical styles including trip-hop, electronic and rock. It was co-written and produced by Topley-Bird and received positive reviews from music critics upon its release and was shortlisted for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize. Quixotic also includes a collaboration with musician Tricky, with whom Topley-Bird collaborated prior to her solo work. Quixotic was released in the United States one year later, in 2004. Licensed to the Palm Pictures label, the album was retitled Anything and the track list was altered — including the omission of three tracks originally found on Quixotic. Additionally, the "Intro" track was moved to the end of the album and retitled "Outro".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quixotic

    kwiks-ot′ik, adj. like Don Quixote, the knight-errant in the great romance of Cervantes (1547-1616), extravagantly romantic, aiming at an impossible ideal.—adv. Quixot′ically.—ns. Quix′otism, Quix′otry, absurdly romantic, impracticable, and magnanimous notions, schemes, or actions like those of Don Quixote.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quixotic in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quixotic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of quixotic in a Sentence

  1. Sebastian Morris:

    The real issue is Mr. Modi's quixotic approach to macro-economic management.

  2. Peter Chen:

    They don't just dislike him, they kind of actively hate him because he is so quixotic.

  3. George Will:

    Modern man's capacity for destruction is quixotic evidence of humanity's capacity for reconstruction. The powerful technological agents we have unleashed against the environment include many of the agents we require for its reconstruction.

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