my·o·pia | \mī-ˈō-pē-ə \

Definition of myopia 

1 : a condition in which the visual images come to a focus (see focus entry 1 sense 4) in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects She wears glasses to correct her myopia.

2 : a lack of foresight or discernment : a narrow view of something … those require long-term commitments, which in our current myopia we cannot take on.— Adam Smith

Examples of myopia in a Sentence

She wears eyeglasses to correct her myopia.

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Even Michael Dell, who took his computer firm private in 2013 and grumbles about the myopia of stockmarkets, is taking his firm public again, through a merger. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Observational studies have suggested a link between education and myopia. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Highly Educated, Very Nearsighted?," 6 June 2018 But if the leaders of those organizations are blinded by their conservative politics, Weisman suffers from his own myopia. Jane Eisner,, "In the face of hate, a call to action for American Jews," 27 Mar. 2018 That said, his myopia about his franchise operation skills and tactics makes Stevie Wonder seem eagle-eyed. Jay Brinker,, "Guest TML: Mike Brown has made the Bengals the Uruguay of the NFL," 26 Jan. 2018 Perhaps the show’s myopia is a symptom of its origins—Comedy Central started developing the workplace comedy back in November 2015, long before the tide of #MeToo reckonings—or its creators’ own blindspots. Jane Hu, New Republic, "Why Corporate’s Office Satire Falls Flat," 18 Jan. 2018 Liberals have long been accused of self-sabotage through excessive infighting, inadequate strategizing and voter myopia. Sarah Begley, Time, "These Books Offer Blueprints for the Resistance," 25 Jan. 2018 His inflexibility during the former and myopia in the latter were astonishing for a man of Arena’s experience and perhaps can be explained only as the product of hubris. Brian Straus,, "Bruce Arena's New Legacy and its Impact on the Future of the USMNT," 13 Oct. 2017 Those jokes are still pretty good, even if Will and Grace and their myopia are the punchline. Willa Paskin, Slate Magazine, "Because now it’s a sharp comedy about white, moneyed, liberal hypocrisy.," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of myopia

circa 1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for myopia

New Latin, from Greek myōpia, from myōp-, myōps

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English Language Learners Definition of myopia

medical : a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away


my·o·pia | \mī-ˈō-pē-ə \

Medical Definition of myopia 

: a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye because of defects in the refractive media of the eye or of abnormal length of the eyeball resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects

called also nearsightedness

— compare astigmatism sense 2, emmetropia

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