Word Of The Day 7-5-2017

quixotic

quix·ot·ic \kwik-ˈsä-tik\
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Definition

  1. :  foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially:  marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action

    2:capriciousunpredictable

quixotical

adjective
hopeful or romantic in a way that is not practical

quixotically

adverb


Examples


Did You Know?

If you guessed quixotic has something to do with Don Quixote, you’re absolutely right. The hero of the 17th-century Spanish novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (by Miguel de Cervantes) didn’t change the world by tilting at windmills, but he did leave a linguistic legacy in English. The adjective quixotic is based on his name and has been used to describe unrealistic idealists since at least the early 18th century. The novel has given English other words as well. Dulcinea, the name of Quixote’s beloved, has come to mean mistress or sweetheart, and rosinante, which is sometimes used to refer to an old, broken-down horse, comes from the name of the hero’s less-than-gallant steed.


Origin

Don Quixote


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quixotic

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