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[edit] quisling

KWIZ-ling

noun

Etymology

1940, from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norwegian fascist politician who headed the puppet government during the German occupation of Norway in World War II. He was shot for treason after the German defeat. First used in the London Times of April 15, 1940. [1]

Definition

a traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his country [2]


[edit] quixotic

KWIKS-ot-ik

adjective

Etymology

1791, from Don Quixote, romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes' satirical novel Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605). His name literally means "thigh," also "a cuisse" (a piece of armor for the thigh). [3]

Definition
  1. foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals
  2. marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
  3. capricious
  4. unpredictable [4]
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