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There is nothing quixotic or romantic in wanting to change the world. It is possible. It is the age-old vocation of all humanity.
Gioconda Belli

Meaning of "quixotic" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD QUIXOTIC

After Don Quixote.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF QUIXOTIC

quixotic  [kwɪkˈsɒtɪk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF QUIXOTIC

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Quixotic is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES QUIXOTIC MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of quixotic in the English dictionary

The definition of quixotic in the dictionary is preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH QUIXOTIC


antibiotic
ˌæntɪbaɪˈɒtɪk
apoptotic
ˌæpəpˈtɒtɪk
asymptotic
ˌæsɪmˈtɒtɪk
biotic
baɪˈɒtɪk
chaotic
keɪˈɒtɪk
creosotic
ˌkrɪəˈsɒtɪk
erotic
ɪˈrɒtɪk
eukaryotic
ˌjuːkærɪˈɒtɪk
exotic
ɪɡˈzɒtɪk
fibrotic
faɪˈbrɒtɪk
hypnotic
hɪpˈnɒtɪk
idiotic
ˌɪdɪˈɒtɪk
narcotic
nɑːˈkɒtɪk
orthotic
ɔːˈθɒtɪk
osmotic
ɒzˈmɒtɪk
patriotic
ˌpeɪtrɪˈɒtɪk
probiotic
ˌprəʊbaɪˈɒtɪk
psychotic
saɪˈkɒtɪk
robotic
rəʊˈbɒtɪk
symbiotic
ˌsɪmbaɪˈɒtɪk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE QUIXOTIC

quitter
quittor
quiver
quiverer
quiverful
quivering
quiveringly
quiverish
quivery
Quixote
quixotical
quixotically
quixotism
quiz
quiz kid
quiz programme
quizmaster
quizzed
quizzer
quizzery

WORDS THAT END LIKE QUIXOTIC

abiotic
amniotic
anastomotic
antimycotic
antipsychotic
antithrombotic
aprotic
atherosclerotic
cirrhotic
homoerotic
mitotic
monozygotic
necrotic
nonexotic
osteoporotic
otic
prokaryotic
unexotic
xenobiotic
zygotic

Synonyms and antonyms of quixotic in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «QUIXOTIC»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «quixotic» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of quixotic

Translation of «quixotic» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF QUIXOTIC

Find out the translation of quixotic to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of quixotic from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «quixotic» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

阿Q精神
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

quijotesca
570 millions of speakers

English

quixotic
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विलक्षण
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خيالية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

донкихотским
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

quixotesca
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভাববিলাসী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

chimérique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Quixotic
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

idealistisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

非現実的な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

돈키호테
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Quixotic
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

anh hùng rơm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நடை முறைக்கு ஒவ்வாத கற்பனை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

विनोदी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hayalperest
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

donchisciottesco
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

quixotic
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

донкіхотські
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

donquijotești
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δονκιχωτική
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

donquichotachtig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

donquijotiskt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

quixotic
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of quixotic

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «QUIXOTIC»

The term «quixotic» is regularly used and occupies the 77.094 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «QUIXOTIC» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «quixotic» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «quixotic» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about quixotic

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QUOTES WITH «QUIXOTIC»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word quixotic.
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Gioconda Belli
There is nothing quixotic or romantic in wanting to change the world. It is possible. It is the age-old vocation of all humanity.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «QUIXOTIC»

Discover the use of quixotic in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to quixotic and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Quixotic Frescoes: Cervantes and Italian Renaissance Art
Quixotic Frescoes delves into the politics of imitation, self-censorship, religious ideology expressed through the pictorial, as well as the gendering of art as reflected in Cervantes' work.
Frederick A. De Armas, 2006
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Quixotic Desire: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Cervantes
A value of the collection is its multiple trajectory, as commentary on the Cervantine corpus, on authorial and fictional psyches, and on the dialectical (hi)story of literature and psychoanalysis.
Ruth S. El Saffar, Diana de Armas Wilson, 1993
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Fighting Windmills: A Quixotic Odyssey
This is a story about life as seen through the eyes of a romantic idealist, and the quixotic odyssey which evolves; as Webster defines, "quixotic" implies "extravagantly chivalrous or romantic, impractical, impulsive and often rashly ...
Robert O. Morris, 2012
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Quixotic Fictions of the USA 1792-1815
Sarah Wood's study is the first book-length publication to examine the role of Don Quixote in early American literature.
Sarah F. Wood, 2005
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My Vast Fortune: The Money Adventures of a Quixotic Capitalist
Witty and compassionate, Andrew Tobias is a plutocrat for the nineties, a capitalist with a heart. If you enjoyed The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, you'll love My Vast Fortune. From the Hardcover edition.
Andrew Tobias, 2011
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Quixotic: Racing History II
Becoming someone else is second nature to him. So when its necessary to do so, the man he invents is Race Allen, a quixotic adventurer with little regard for the law.
C. A. Scott, 2006
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Quixotic Modernists: Reading Gender in Tristana, Trigo and ...
This study shows the modern message (regarding gender), and modernist qualities of the prose of these works.
Louise Ciallella, 2007
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The Cervantes Encyclopedia: L-Z
Quixotic principle tagonist is explicitly identified, usually in the title, as a kind of DQ (examples can be seen in the novels of *Lennox, *Greene, and *Acker). Third are novels whose protagonist is explicitly (either within the text or in extratextual ...
Howard Mancing, 2004
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That Quixotic Lady: The Story of a Remarkable Lady that ...
Jane decided then to learn everything a boy could-only better. The Quixotic Lady is the fictional story of the life of Jane McManus, a rare female figure in the 1800s.
Shirley Butler LaRocca, 2008
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Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance ...
Seven Seasons in Siena is the story of Rodi’s love affair with the people of Siena—and of his awkward, heartfelt, intermittently successful, occasionally disastrous attempts to become a naturalized member of the Noble Contrada of the ...
Robert Rodi, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «QUIXOTIC»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term quixotic is used in the context of the following news items.
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'Don Quixote' has potential, needs work
The cast of The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote gets in a dress rehearsal at Amphibian Stage in Fort Worth. «Dallas Morning News, Jul 15»
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Chris Christie's quixotic quest: Why the New Jersey governor's 2016 …
New Jersey is a special place. It's the most crowded state in the country, with 9 million people bumping up against each other in a raucous scrum. «New York Daily News, Jun 15»
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Suarez ready to escape Quixotic trap in Champions League final
For Luiz Suarez, there was a time earlier in the season when he seemed to be falling into the Quixotic trap, destined to grow disenchanted by the fantasy, ... «Yahoo Sports, Jun 15»
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Quixotic quest? Why is Lincoln Chafee running for president?
Lincoln Chafee plans to formally open his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, setting off on a quixotic political quest that has ... «Christian Science Monitor, Jun 15»
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Robin Birley: Ditching 'quixotic' Nigel Farage now would be a fatal …
It is traditional for political parties to engage in a bout of blood-letting after a General Election failure. The policies and leadership which were responsible for the ... «Telegraph.co.uk, May 15»
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Salvation, Thy Name is Amiibo: The Quixotic Challenge of …
I am a thirty-three year old married man. Yesterday I drove to a job interview. On the way home I noticed a Toys 'R Us approaching. I was hungry. I wanted to get ... «Paste Magazine, May 15»
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Quixotic Plan to Amend U.S. Constitution Passes Texas House
After about half an hour of debate Friday, House lawmakers passed House Joint Resolution 79, by Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin). The resolution requests that ... «The Texas Observer, May 15»
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Stephen Poloz's 'quixotic quest': JPMorgan calls Bank of Canada …
Ignore for a moment the fact that Stephen Poloz referred to first-quarter economic growth as “atrocious.” To JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Bank of Canada ... «The Globe and Mail, Apr 15»
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quixotic quest for a greener future
How, as a prosperous westerner, do you free yourself from the guilty knowledge that your bequest to planet earth will be a hotter and less hospitable climate? «Financial Times, Apr 15»
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SOU grad Thomas dazzles with Quixotic
When art fusion troupe Quixotic wowed audiences at the Historic Ashland Armory on Easter Sunday, April 5, there was a lot riding on the show for owner and ... «Ashland Daily Tidings, Apr 15»

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