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Definition impractical due to excessive romanticism or idealism
  • a quixotic law that was supposed to end excessive influence of special interests in government
quixotic = impractical due to excessive romanticism or idealism
  • as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood
  • And you and your sister were head and ears deep in some Quixotic scheme.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • Therefore all public ends look vague and quixotic beside private ones.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • It is rather Quixotic of you.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • quixotic = impractical due to excessive romanticism, idealism, and/or an overactive imagination
  • The man made a sweeping, quixotic bow, nearly falling from the horse.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • quixotic = impractical
  • ...his first step as police chief was as seemingly quixotic as Gunn's. With felonies — serious crimes — on the subway system at an all-time high, Bratton decided to crack down on farebeating. Why? Because he believed that, like graffiti, farebeating could be a signal, a small expression of disorder that invited much more serious crimes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • quixotic = impractical due to excessive idealism
  • It may have been Quixotic, but it was magnificent.
    Barrie, James Matthew  --  The Adventures of Peter Pan
  • This family training, too, combined with their turn for combativeness, makes them eminently quixotic.
    Hughes, Thomas  --  Tom Brown's Schooldays
  • Oh, that's dead right, and I'm the last man to ask you to take Quixotic risks.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Raffles, Further Adventures Of The Amateur Cracksman
  • The voice went on: "Olivier, as you know, was quixotic, and would not permit a secret service and spies."
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Innocence Of Father Brown
  • The pilgrims read "Nomadic Life" and keep themselves in a constant state of Quixotic heroism.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • I only think you're too quixotic.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
  • Well, my quixotic one, you shall tell me anything—say, as soon as we are settled in our lodging; not now.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • To me your uncle seems merely quixotic and egregiously selfish.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Vanished Messenger
  • But he was not quixotic.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • I realized that I had not been objective in my quixotic fight to save the clubs.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • It seems quixotic today, with jet airplanes and overdoses of Nembutal, that a man would go through a war for something so insignificant as his state.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • You must not give up all that for a quixotic life in a wilderness.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • "Well, you are always heroic and transcendental," said Mr. Shelby, "but I think you had better think before you undertake such a piece of Quixotism."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin

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