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Examples of utopia in a Sentence
The town's founders wanted to create a Christian utopia.
It's a nice place to live, but it's no Utopia.
Recent Examples of utopia from the Web
Writers such as Anthony Burgess, Kurt Vonnegut and Ayn Rand were in his debt, as are more recent novels by Kazuo Ishiguro and Octavia Butler that take up his inquiry into utopia and its shortcomings.
Tech is great at promising to build a new utopia, but increasing housing starts requires a much more humble effort.
By definition the absolutism of utopia—a society in which everything is absolutely right— evokes the same absolutism with which a totalitarian society replaces any semblance of a moral compass.
The band’s canon of 1960s classics forged a new chapter in Americana, stoking fantasies of a beach utopia for generations of landlocked listeners across the globe.
Maybe the Bundys came here to escape from the government and create their own libertarian utopia.
How would Euripides have responded to Plato, his Athenian contemporary, concerning the philosopher’s banishing poets from his utopia?
And hygge was a delicious, multisensorial utopia full of Fair Isle sweaters, cups of hot cocoa, and candles by the fireplace.
Employers have created nearly 10,000 manufacturing jobs during the past two years, making Elkhart a virtual utopia straight out of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign message that the economic future belongs to Americans who build things.
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Did You Know?
In 1516, English humanist Sir Thomas More published a book titled Utopia. It compared social and economic conditions in Europe with those of an ideal society on an imaginary island located off the coast of the Americas. More wanted to imply that the perfect conditions on his fictional island could never really exist, so he called it Utopia, a name he created by combining the Greek words ou (meaning "no, not") and topos (meaning "place," a root used in our word topography). The earliest generic use of utopia was for an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. The current use of utopia, referring to an ideal place or society, was inspired by More's description of Utopia's perfection.
UTOPIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of utopia for English Language Learners
: an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect
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