Don Quixotism


Don Quixotism
noble but unrealistic battle for justice (based on the character of Don Quixote in Cervantes' 17th century novel)

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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  • Rashness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Rashness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 rashness rashness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 temerity temerity want of caution imprudence indiscretion Sgm: N 1 overconfidence overconfidence presumption audacity GR …   English dictionary for students

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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quixote — noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Don Quixote, hero of the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605, 1615) by Cervantes Date: 1648 a quixotic person • quixotism noun • quixotry noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary