quix·ot·ic (kwĭk-sŏtĭk) also quix·ot·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
2. Capricious; impulsive: "At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious" (Louis Auchincloss).
[From English Quixote, a visionary, after Don Quixote, hero of a romance by Miguel de Cervantes.]
quixo·tism (kwĭksə-tĭz′əm) n.
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