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quixotism

[kwik-suh-tiz-uh m]
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noun
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) quixotic character or practice.
  2. a quixotic idea or act.

Origin of quixotism

1660–70; (Don) Quixote + -ism
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Examples from the Web for quixotism

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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]