Adjective "quixotic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.
  1. 'His quixotic, idealist appeal for justice contrasts sharply with the rest of the exhibition, in which justice does not seem to be expected.'
  2. 'So while the challenge facing the peace movement in south Asia is daunting, it is by no means impossibly quixotic.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Political instability means economic uncertainty, and popular aspirations for a growing economy and a stable, professional government seem increasingly quixotic.'
  5. 'Others existed only as working hypotheses, unrealized plans or quixotic fantasies.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'We should reject fiery rhetoric and quixotic ambitions and demand from our public officials ‘just the facts.’'
  9. '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.'


1. (sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.

2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.

3. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

More examples(as adjective)

"searches can be quixotic."

"rulers can be quixotic."

"ideas can be quixotic."

"hopes can be quixotic."

"bids can be quixotic."

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Late 18th century: from Don Quixote + -ic.