Definition of Quixotic

1. Adjective. Not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic. "A wild-eyed dream of a world state"

Exact synonyms: Romantic, Wild-eyed
Similar to: Impractical
Derivative terms: Romance, Romanticism



Definition of Quixotic

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

Definition of Quixotic

1. Adjective. Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality. ¹

2. Adjective. Impulsive. ¹

3. Adjective. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quixotic

1. extremely idealistic [adj]

Medical Definition of Quixotic

1. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded. "Feats of quixotic gallantry." Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quixotic

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quixotic (current term)
quixotical
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Literary usage of Quixotic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, H. Tetu, Wilfrid Philip Ward (1889)
"... seriousness and reality of feeling and purpose, and with the dignity which such reality gave. He was what appeared to many as quixotic as any Puritan ..."

2. William George Ward and the Oxford Movement by Wilfrid Philip Ward (1889)
"He was what appeared to many as quixotic as any Puritan in his inflexible and inexorable demands for instant submission to the logical results of a ..."

3. Personal Sketches of His Own Times by Jonah Barrington (1853)
"... of Mr Hamilton Rowan—His quixotic Spirit of Philanthropy— Oso of Mary Neil, Diken up by Mr. ... quixotic ..."

4. Personal Sketches of His Own Times by Jonah Barrington (1827)
"Sketch of the character of Mr. Hamilton Rowan—His quixotic spirit of philanthropy—Case of Mary Neil, taken up by Mr. Rowan—Dinner-club among the briefless ..."

5. Recollections, 1832 to 1886 by Algernon West (1900)
"... Mission to Egypt—His quixotic Loyalty —Mr. Gladstone and Abraham Hay ward— Death of Lord Ampthill. OK January 2d, Mr. Gladstone, Frederick Leveson- ..."

6. Recollections, 1832 to 1886 by Algernon West (1899)
"... Mission to Egypt —His quixotic Loyalty—Mr. Gladstone and Abraham Hayward —Death of Lord Ampthill. ON January 2, Mr. Gladstone, Frederick Leveson- Gower, ..."

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