Erewhonian

adjective
Er·​e·​whon·​i·​an | \ ¦erə¦(h) wänēən, -wōn- \

Definition of Erewhonian

: of or suggestive of the utopia described in the book Erewhon whose people dealt with disease as a crime and destroyed machinery lest machines destroy them an Erewhonian fear of automation

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History and Etymology for Erewhonian

Erewhon (anagram of nowhere), fictitious land described in the utopian novel Erewhon (1872) by Samuel Butler †1902 British writer + English -ian

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“Erewhonian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Erewhonian. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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