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adjective as in idealistic

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Yet his goofy, quixotic, quintessentially American optimism earned the character a following.

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For months, he was semi-mocked for the seeming quixotic quirkiness of his coffee fasts and weight loss.

The man who wants America to “think harder” has parlayed his quixotic presidential campaign into front-runner status in New York’s mayoral election.

With cities and states charting a declining demand for doses, some have turned to these audacious, outlandish and perhaps quixotic incentives to lure in vaccine apathetes.

This broad group of politically homeless citizens is a tribe trying to transcend tribalism—and while that may sound quixotic, that is the story of America.

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Some of his political actions can, in retrospect, seem quixotic, but they speak to an admirable courage of conviction.

“Dana has become increasingly quixotic through the years,” a GOP Hill source lamented to the Beast.

Resolve that this can and should be the year that zero preschoolers go hungry based on your quixotic grandstanding.

Of course, his quixotic crusade to defund Obamacare will surely fail, but it made for some good TV.

In November 2007, though, Dutschke seemed to realize his campaign was quixotic.

It was Quixotic, and two hundred years ago could scarcely have escaped the pen of some French Cervantes.

Success to you, but don't for a moment think of carrying out that quixotic plan you first mentioned.

The quixotic are rarely successful, and success is the measure by which everything is judged to-day.

Don Quixote was always doing generous but rather foolish things, and the adjective quixotic now describes this sort of action.

She must not let herself be swept away by any quixotic sentiment.


On this page you'll find 60 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to quixotic, such as: dreamy, foolish, impractical, impulsive, romantic, and unrealistic.

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