Wordy Wednesday: Quixotic

This week’s unusual or interesting word comes straight from our friends at Vocabulary.com. It was ranked at number 19 on their Interesting Words To Know list, and I knew immediately that it was the one for us. That word is:


Quixotic (kwikˈsädik) is defined as “not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic” (Vocabulary.com). It can also be defined as “exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical” (Google)

This strange word owes it’s life to The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. In this Spanish classic, Don Quixote believes himself to be a Knight Errant from an age of chivalry that has long since passed. Driven mad by his romantic delusions, Quixote begins a long quest to vanquish his enemy, save his true love, and prove to the world that chivalry still exists.


This is definitely a classic tale that you want in your collection! Check out the link for more information. DON QUIXOTE (illustrated, unabridged)

Quixotic is an adjective and can be used as such in your writing. Some examples may include:

“I don’t know what’s the matter with Marleen. She’s so…what’s the word…quixotic.”

“Just look at this economy! Quitting your job isn’t just irresponsible, it’s practically quixotic!”

“The workings of his quixotic mind quelled all hopes logical reasoning.”

How would you use Quixotic in a sentence? Let me know in the comments below!

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