Posted by: retarigan | March 3, 2016

Word Dictionary [030316]


Word of the day: quixotic
Definition: adj. extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; regardless of material interests in comparison with honour or devotion.
Synonyms: romantic, wild-eyed
Etymology: Don Quixote, hero of Cervantes’ romance f. Sp. quixote thigh armour (more…)

pronunciation: kwɪkˈsɔtɪk

from Oxford: quixotic

adj.
1 extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; regardless of material interests in comparison with honour or devotion.
2 visionary; pursuing lofty but unattainable ideals.
Derivatives: quixotically adv.  quixotism n.  quixotry n.
Etymology: Don Quixote, hero of Cervantes’ romance f. Sp.  quixote thigh armour

from Wordnet: quixotic

adj : not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic; “as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood”; “a romantic disregard for money”; “a wild-eyed dream of a world state” [syn: romantic, wild-eyed]

Quote of the day: All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. by William Faulkner

John II of Portugal

John II of Portugal

Birthday of the day: John II of Portugal; John II (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈɐ̃w̃]; Portuguese: João II) (3 March 1455 – 25 October 1495), the Perfect Prince (Port. o Príncipe Perfeito), was the thirteenth king of Portugal and the Algarves. He is known for reestablishing the power of the Portuguese throne, reinvigorating its economy, and renewing its exploration of Africa and the Orient.

Joke of the day: A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool on the aviation frequencies. So, this was his first time approaching a field during the nighttime. Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: ‘Guess who?’ The controller switched the field lights off and replied: ‘Guess where?’

Thought of the day: Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

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