Definition of quixotic in English:



  • Extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.

    ‘a vast and perhaps quixotic project’
    • ‘Still, it also serves to accentuate the film's central point, that represented images often provide the basis of our hopes and dreams, no matter how quixotic those dreams may be.’
    • ‘And yet, each season, another hundred people reach New York by the train, or the bus or the plane, bringing their fresh faces, strong voices and quixotic aspirations to the Mecca of musical theater.’
    • ‘The building in the flesh is so run-down that the desire to restore it seems both heroic and quixotic: an act justified only by perfect faith.’
    • ‘We should reject fiery rhetoric and quixotic ambitions and demand from our public officials ‘just the facts.’’
    • ‘His quixotic, idealist appeal for justice contrasts sharply with the rest of the exhibition, in which justice does not seem to be expected.’
    • ‘If this doesn't seem quixotic enough in today's gruesome circumstances, he also has to confront religious parties on the city council and an inept central government that won't give him a serious budget.’
    • ‘It was unprecedented, quixotic and admirable.’
    • ‘I am now a well behaved individual, I have cut down on my quixotic outings, though the prospect of getting fatally maimed on one of those windmills is always enticing.’
    • ‘So while the challenge facing the peace movement in south Asia is daunting, it is by no means impossibly quixotic.’
    • ‘This quixotic politician became obsessed with the plight of Afghanistan, the Afghan people, and with taking the fight to the Soviets directly.’
    • ‘The truth is slippery, and plumbing the past to catch hold of it is as quixotic a quest as the search for the perfect bottle of wine, but it is a noble and necessary one.’
    • ‘He was presented as the quixotic radical, the gregarious populist, the lovable dissenter, the rare honest liberal, the minority of one.’
    • ‘It is an old-fashioned project, and a quixotic one, but deeply moving in its hope that Wyclif's Bible and Burns's songs form an inheritance we would all want, if only we knew about it.’
    • ‘To shield children right up to the age of 18 from exposure to violent descriptions and images would not only be quixotic, but deforming; it would leave them unequipped to cope with the world as we know it.’
    • ‘She responded with a quixotic courage that eventually infected me; during her two-year illness, I'd grown less pessimistic both about her prognosis and about life itself.’
    • ‘Political instability means economic uncertainty, and popular aspirations for a growing economy and a stable, professional government seem increasingly quixotic.’
    • ‘Others existed only as working hypotheses, unrealized plans or quixotic fantasies.’
    idealistic, unbusinesslike, romantic, extravagant, starry-eyed, visionary, utopian, perfectionist, unrealistic, unworldly
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Late 18th century: from Don Quixote + -ic.