quixotism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quixotism quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, has been translated into more languages than any book outside of the Bible.
    • n Quixotism kwĭks"ŏt*ĭz'm That form of delusion which leads to extravagant and absurd undertakings or sacrifices in obedience to a morbidly romantic ideal of duty or honor, as illustrated by the exploits of Don Quixote in knight-errantry. See quixotic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quixotism Quixotic extravagance in notions, actions, or undertakings; pursuit of absurdly romantic enterprises; uncalled-for or useless chivalry or magnanimity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Quixotism absurdly romantic, impracticable, and magnanimous notions, schemes, or actions like those of Don Quixote
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Quotations

  • W. H. Auden
    W.%20H.%20Auden
    “Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.”

Usage

In literature:

Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
But I think he is quixotic and sentimental; and all this stuff about those niggers at the Cedars is moonshine.
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
Don Quixote should he read in this connection.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Their next adventure was begun by a cloud of dust on the horizon, which instantly made Don Quixote exclaim that a great battle was in progress.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
In "Don Quixote" there is not a sentence which does not exalt woman, or which degrades man.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
Don Quixote's water-mills are still Scotch bagpipes to him.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
But the chief entertainment has been the nuptials of our great Quixote (Carteret) and the fair Sophia.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace & Philip Wharton
The subject is interminable, but we must give a passing glance to some quixotic tails.
"Concerning Animals and Other Matters" by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
Some of them laughed at my arguments, as a ridiculous piece of missionary quixotism.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Don Quixote had a similar adventure.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
It may sound quixotic to you, but I think that Lord Deppingham and Mr. Browne will understand my attitude.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
It is possible that he paid it from a Quixotic feeling of honour.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
CONTRADICTIONS IN DON QUIXOTE; AND QUERY AS TO THE BUSCAPIE.
"Notes & Queries 1850.01.12" by Various
He was no Quixote to tilt with windmills.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
Honest and true to the verge of quixotism was this man in all dealings with his fellows, yet he proved a faulty student of character.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
Then, for himself, after eight days of puzzling, he resolved that he should be called Don Quixote de la Mancha.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
This was quixotic and unpractical, if nothing worse.
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
But this blind and deaf Don Quixote was entering a cavern where the swift and glittering blade was in the hands of the adversary.
"The Economic Consequences of the Peace" by John Maynard Keynes
My dear Wedgecroft ... how grossly quixotic!
"Waste" by Granville Barker
And who was Laurence, who was Mary Virginia, that he should quixotically wreck his prospects for them?
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
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In poetry:

A sort of Jezebel crusader,
Like Don Quixote nothing stayed her, -
No wonder people shied eggs at her,
She seemed to like to watch 'em splatter,
And stood like wild things when at bay
So sort of fearless, old and gray.
"Carrie Nation" by Willard Wattles

In news:

'Don Quixote' Postponed Again, But Bucharest Calls (Q&A).
So, if Dead Quixote starts with absurdity as a premise, then necessarily, we are going to blow up.
More "Wicked" at KenCen, Don Quixote Reinterpreted, and an Erotica Writer's One-Man Show: June Theater Preview.
Don Quixote statue in Golden Gate Park.
I knew little about Cervantes' classic Don Quixote but was drawn to read it.
Symphony on quest for ' Don Quixote '.
Traveling circus 'Inside a Broken Clock' brings Tom Waits songs to life on Don Quixote 's stage.
Celebrating ' Don Quixote '.
Last year, a panel of 100 writers from around the world picked " Don Quixote " as the greatest novel of all time.
Many artists draw inspiration from Don Quixote: Picasso, Strauss and now an Albuquerque avant-noise thingy.
In so many ways, I feel like I am the Don Quixote that I wrote about in my play .
Quixotic Fusion & Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
WASHINGTON — Donnie Quixote awakened from his season-long dream on Thursday night.
"Don Quixote," the 17th-century Spanish tale about a madcap knight, was voted the world's best work of fiction by a poll of the world's leading authors Tuesday.
The Quixotic World of Connecticut's Boutique Bike-Makers.
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In science:

Due to the non-decoupling of the perturbative field equations, a generic study of their solution is a quixotic task.
Chern-Simons Modified General Relativity
In some cases that quest borders on the quixotic.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
At first glance, the study of the very first stars in the universe might appear to be a rather academic and even quixotic endeavor.
Towards Population III: The Collapse and Fragmentation of Primordial Gas
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