No matter how many times I see this word in print I can never remember the definition.
quixotic: adj. 1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; 2. idealistic without regard to practicality. Capricious; impulsive: “But honestly, it doesn’t matter how many delegates (John) Edwards eventually gets. It just matters that he has some rationale to support his quixotic bid to become president.”(Chadwick Matlin/Slate.com, “Edwards Is Our Homeboy“).
ETYMOLOGY: From English Quixote, a visionary, after Don Quixote, hero of a romance by Miguel de Cervantes