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adjective mainly literary     quixotic pronunciation in American English
  1. ideas or plans that are quixotic are not practical and usually do not succeed

    a quixotic plan to end the violence

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From the name of the main character in the 17th-century Spanish novel Don Quixote by Cervantes. Don Quixote has a romantic view of life and is full of ideas that are not practical.
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a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of their retirement, an important anniversary and the like

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