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quixotism

[kwik-suh-tiz-uh m] /ˈkwɪk səˌtɪz əm/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) quixotic character or practice.
2.
a quixotic idea or act.
Origin of quixotism
1660-1670
1660-70; (Don) Quixote + -ism
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  • What foolish infatuation had ever suggested to me the quixotism of these wanderings?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • quixotism, or Utopianism; that is another of the devil's pet words.

  • My good fellow, leave your quixotism behind you with your poverty.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • It is romance, it is quixotism—ah, heart of God, what quixotism!

  • It was a madness—a quixotism—the wild, unconsidered act of a fool.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • But there was no piece of quixotism they did not think Michael capable of.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • For in that character there has dawned a sort of quixotism which never used to be there.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • But back of Jonas's judgment was that of Andrew, whose weakness was quixotism.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • He obeyed and expounded Sypher's quixotism in his roundabout fashion.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • It seems as if you were going rather far in your quixotism to marry him.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke

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