American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An impractical idealist bent on righting incorrigible wrongs.
- n. A Spanish novel whose full title is El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha).
- n. The protagonist of the novel.
- n. Any person or character who displays quixotism.
- n. the hero of a romance by Cervantes; chivalrous but impractical
- n. any impractical idealist (after Cervantes' hero)
- After Don Quixote, hero of a satirical chivalric romance by Miguel de Cervantes. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“But the American Don Quixote had a higher virtue than the knight created by Cervantes, for Don Quixote never could transform Aldonza into Dulcinea, while the peoples that Bolivar saw in his imagination, those peoples who at first were hostile to his work, through a century of constant purification, through a century during which Bolivar has become a symbol, a protecting genius, a warning against danger, an irresistible force to conquer difficulties and an imperious finger pointing to higher destinies, are approaching more and more each day what Bolivar thought they ought to be.”
“When Purcell died, on November 21, 1695, he was busy with the music for Tom d'Urfey's Don Quixote (part iii.), being helped by one Eccles, who enjoyed a certain mild fame in his day.”
“Rogers was not Hayes’s sidekick, just as Don Quixote was never Sancho Panza’s sidekick.”
“Rabelais, or Scarron, or Don Quixote — — They are all books which excite laughter; and thou knowest, dear Toby, that there is no passion so serious as lust.”
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