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What is the origin of the word quixotic?

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2009-06-21 20:48:38

don Quixote is the hero of a novel written by the Spanish author

Cervantes and written in the style of the late 16th Century. The

novel is considered a satire and is farcical on the surface as Don

Quixote shows absurd chivalrousness. The word therefore has come to

mean ' foolishly impractical in the persuit of ideals or

extragavantly chivalrous actions'

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