Posted by: retarigan | May 3, 2016

Word Dictionary [030516]


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

Pedro González de Mendoza

Pedro González de Mendoza

Birthday of the day: Pedro González de Mendoza; Pedro González de Mendoza (May 3, 1428 – January 11, 1495) was a Spanish cardinal and statesman.

pronunciation: ˈsteɪtsmən

from Oxford: statesman

n.  (pl.  -men; fem.  stateswoman, pl.  -women)
1 a person skilled in affairs of State, esp. one taking an active part in politics.
2 a distinguished and capable politician.
Derivatives: statesmanlike adj.  statesmanly adj.  statesmanship n.
Etymology: = state’ s man after F homme d’état

from Wordnet: statesman

n : a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs [syn: solon, national leader]

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?’

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