from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
- adj. Capricious; impulsive: "At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious” ( Louis Auchincloss).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality.
- adj. Impulsive.
- adj. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; prone to pursue unrealizable goals; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded. See also quixotism.
- adj. Like the deeds of Don Quixote; ridiculously impractical; unachievable; extravagantly romantic; doomed to failure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or resembling Don Quixote, the hero of Cervantes's celebrated romance of that name; hence, extravagantly or absurdly romantic; striving for an unattainable or impracticable ideal; characterized by futile self-devotion; visionary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
Seth has a sense of honor which I call quixotic, and one that might reasonably shame the impecunious fortune-hunters I've met since I have lived in England.
The rest of you can just scream impotently behind the wheel; I get to write impotently and show the younger people what the word "quixotic" means.
From Quixote we derived the word quixotic, meaning extravagantly chivalrous and romantically idealistic.
"My Best Friend shows [Patrice] Leconte's fondness for personalities wrapped up in quixotic conflicts, but the premise is too incredulous even by his own standards," writes Eric Kohn.
One could argue that America's overwhelming nuclear deterrence, like Britain's navy in the 19th century, has been a source of global stability more than otherwise—and that Reagan's dream of missile defense which Mr. Taubman labels "quixotic" may turn out to be the real solution to preventing a rogue nuclear attack from one of the world's many despotic regimes.
This absurd belief would not even deserve to be called quixotic if it had not inspired masterpieces of art and music and architecture as well as the most appalling atrocities and depredations.
Devoted IsThatLegal readers may recall my quixotic efforts to use the Freedom of Information Act to learn about the potential involvement of DOJ's and other branches 'lawyer's roles in approving of interrogation tactics that amount to torture.
So this exercise in tilting at windmills can't even be described as quixotic, since that would imply some expectation of success, however delusional.
Supporters put together signs for Jones' campaign in 1994, an effort Jones describes as "quixotic."
To compel gadget maniacs to have a dip in the already blooming gadgetry arena; gadgetry makers with their never-ending endeavours are turning what is called quixotic or practically impossible creations into the real ones!