Difficult Words : Quixotic and Querulous

Difficult Words : Quixotic and Querulous

Querulous (KWER uh lus) adj: complaining; grumbling; whining

• Although a query is a question, querulous does not mean questioning.

• The exasperated mother finally managed to hush her querulous child.

• The querulous voices of the students, who believed that their quiz had been graded too harshly, could be heard all the way at the other end of the school building.

Quixotic (kwik SOT ik) adj: romantic or idealistic to a foolish or impractical degree

• The word quixotic is derived from the name of the Don Quixote, the protagonist of Miguel de Cervantes's classic seventeenth-century novel. Don Quixote had read so many romances about the golden age of chivalry that he set out to become a knight himself and have chivalrous adventures. Instead, his romantic idealism almost invariably got him into trouble. To be quixotic is to be as foolish or impractical as Don Quixote in pursuing an ideal.

• For many years Mr. Morris had led a quixotic effort to repeal the federal income tax.

• The political organization had one been a powerful force in Washington, but its membership had dwindled and its causes had become increasingly quixotic.

This site in general and this page in particular will certainly help the visitors to increase their knowledge of vocabulary in an exhaustive way. Whilst browsing through this list, at one full swoop you will pick up many words with the same or a related and the opposite meaning.

Reading this list is a great fun, while expanding your vocabulary at the same time. It is meant to help to improve the vocabulary of the visitors, the students (who are preparing for various examinations), the authors, journalists, literati and all other people who are interested in improving their language skills.

By using this page, you can increase your vocabulary faster and more easily than you may realize. You can, in fact, accomplish a tremendous gain in your communication skills in less than two to three months of concentrated effort, even if you go at your own speed of a page a day.

So enjoy this list and then get around for preparing your own list of words. There is no better way of boosting your words power. The most effective way to build your vocabulary is described in the page on Word Power. Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your Word Power. Take a standard Vocabulary test and then an intelligent test, the result in both will be substantially the same. The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances of success, other things being equal- success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential.

Go to The Difficult Words Index

Synonyms and Antonyms

Vocabulary| English Teacher| Etymology| Longest Word | Letter Writing

Proverbs| Misspelled Words| Contractions

From Quixotic to HOME PAGE

Follow These Links!