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.



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