- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kwɪkˈsɒtɪk/
- (US) IPA(key): /kwɪkˈsɑtɪk/, /kwɪɡˈzɑtɪk/, /kiːˈzɑtɪk/
- (rare) IPA(key): /kiˈɑtɪk/
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- Rhymes: -ɒtɪk
- Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality; exceedingly idealistic.
- 1911, G. K. Chesterton, “The Sign of the Broken Sword”, in 'The Innocence of Father Brown':
- Olivier, as you know, was quixotic, and would not permit a secret service and spies.
- Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.
Although the term is derived from the name of the character Don Quixote, the letters qu and x are both read as is usual for English spelling (/kw/ and /ks/), possibly due to analogy with exotic. In "Don Quixote", by contrast, the pronunciation more closely resembles the modern Spanish (/k/ and /h~x/).
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