quixotic


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quixotic \Quix*ot"ic\ (kw[i^]ks*[o^]t"[i^]k), a.
   1. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; prone to
      pursue unrealizable goals; absurdly chivalric; apt to be
      deluded. See also quixotism. "Feats of quixotic
      gallantry." --Prescott.
      [1913 Webster]

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

            The word "quixotic" . . . has entered the common
            language, with the meaning "hopelessly naive and
            idealistic," "ridiculously impractical," "doomed to
            fail." That this epithet can be used now in an
            exclusively pejorative sense not only shows that we
            have ceased to read Cervantes and to understand his
            character, but more fundamentally it reveals that
            our culture has drifted away from its spiritual
            roots.                                --Simon Leys
                                                  (N. Y. Review
                                                  of Books, June
                                                  11, 1998, p.
                                                  35)
      [PJC]
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