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  • r  in a quixotic manner
    sent to jail for two years, he has quixotically refused to clear himself by betraying his colleagues

  • Marshal Josef Pilsudski, having overthrown the Polish Government by violence (PTI, May 24) and then quixotically refused to accept a higher office than his beloved Ministry of .
  • Capone, quixotically, and so incomprehensibly to many competitors, has been trying to consolidate the earnings of his haphazard youth and establish an estate.
  • As Fidel Castro's onetime comrade-in-arms and a quixotically unsuccessful exporter of revolution in Latin America, the late Ernesto ("Che") Guevara is a Marxist cult figure of.

  • John Updike in Boston Globe (registration)
    Explaining Ted's tortured relationship with the fans, Updike explains that Ted has "quixotically desired to sever the game from the ground of paid spectatorship and publicity that surrounds it. Hence his refusal to tip his cap or to turn the other...
  • Thomas Boswell in Wall Street Journal
    No matter, as Mr. Boswell writes: "On a roaring night at chanting, towel-waving Jacobs Field, we were given yet another example of how subtly, almost quixotically, postseason baseball chooses its champions. What was the turning point of this crucial...

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