Panglossian vs Quixotic - What's the difference?

panglossian | quixotic |


As adjectives the difference between panglossian and quixotic

is that panglossian is (pejorative) naively or unreasonably optimistic while quixotic is possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality; exceedingly idealistic.

panglossian

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (pejorative) Naively or unreasonably optimistic.
  • Though he took a Panglossian view of the world in his youth, he became jaded as he grew older.
  • (pejorative) Of or relating to the view that this is the best of all possible worlds.
  • Derived terms

    * Panglossianism

    Synonyms

    * See also

    quixotic

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality; exceedingly idealistic.
  • Impulsive.
  • Like ; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.
  • Usage notes

    Although the term is derived from the name of the character Don Quixote, the letters qu and x are both read as is usual for English spelling ().

    Derived terms

    * quixotically