Quixotism
Quixotism Quix"ot*ism (kw[i^]ks"[o^]t*[i^]z'm), n. 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}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Quixotism — is the description of a person or an act that is caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals. It also serves to describe an idealism without regard to practicality. An impulsive person or act can be regarded as… …   Wikipedia

  • quixotism — [kwiks′ətrēkwik′sə tiz΄əm] n. 1. quixotic character or practice 2. a quixotic act or idea: Also quixotry [kwiks′ətrē] …   English World dictionary

  • quixotism — quixotic ► ADJECTIVE ▪ impractically idealistic or fanciful. DERIVATIVES quixotically adverb quixotism noun. ORIGIN from the name of Don Quixote, hero of Cervantes romance (1605 15) …   English terms dictionary

  • quixotism — noun see quixote …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quixotism — /kwik seuh tiz euhm/, n. 1. (sometimes cap.) quixotic character or practice. 2. a quixotic idea or act. [1660 70; (DON) QUIXOTE + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • quixotism — noun /ˈkwɪksəˌtɪzm/ a) 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. b)… …   Wiktionary

  • quixotism — quix·ot·ism || kwɪksÉ™tɪzm n. instance of quixotic behavior, act of ideological chivalry or romance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • quixotism — n 1. impracticability, unrealisticness, fancifulness, romanticism; imagination, invention, whimsy; futility, uselessness, ineffectiveness; knight errantry, chivalrousness, gallantry, courage, valor; fool hardiness, impulsiveness, rashness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • quixotism — quix·o·tism …   English syllables

  • quixotism — /ˈkwɪksətɪzəm/ (say kwiksuhtizuhm) noun 1. (sometimes upper case) quixotic character or practice. 2. a quixotic idea or act …   Australian English dictionary

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