quixotic

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
quix•ot•ic /kwɪkˈsɑtɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. foolishly romantic or impractical in pursuit of one's ideals:a quixotic attempt to save the world single-handedly.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
quix•ot•ic  (kwik sotik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. (sometimes cap.) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
  2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic;
    visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
  3. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
Also,  quix•oti•cal.  quix•oti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • (Don) Quixote + -ic 1805–15
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fanciful, fantastic, imaginary.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged realistic, practical.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
quixotic /kwɪkˈsɒtɪk/ adj
  1. preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic
Etymology: 18th Century: after Don Quixote

quixˈotically adv
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