utopia

noun
uto·pia | \ yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə \

Definition of utopia 

1 often capitalized : a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions

2 : an impractical scheme for social improvement

3 : an imaginary and indefinitely remote place

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Synonyms & Antonyms for utopia

Synonyms

Camelot, Eden, Elysium, heaven, never-never land, paradise, promised land, Shangri-la, Zion (also Sion)

Antonyms

hell

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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.

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.

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The ad also avoids mention of Ducey’s wish to turn Arizona into a utopia for self-driving cars. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey officially starts his re-election bid with message about security," 18 June 2018 Stepping inside Diptyque’s Soho pop-up store is like walking into a fragrance utopia — all of the brand’s scents are there waiting to be sprayed, alongside interactive installations begging to be explored. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Diptyque’s Latest Additions Will Transport You to a Mediterranean Utopia," 9 May 2018 The story springs from the ending of Excellent Adventure, in which futuristic mentor Rufus (George Carlin) predicted the duo would write music that would turn the world into a utopia. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Whoa! 'Bill & Ted 3' is totally happening for Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, after 27 years," 8 May 2018 This was Mendocino utopia: a place on the edge of the continent, where nature at its most untrammeled is on display, and freedom seems absolute. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Faena sees himself not as a real estate developer but as a conjurer of utopias, and Tierra Santa is clearly his most personal creation. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alan Faena Creates La Vie Bohème in José Ignacio, Uruguay," 18 June 2018 Well, a loss of authority for the Church, which has led to a socialist utopia in Spain and an immediate backlash from a certain Gen. Franco. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic," 28 June 2018 The promised utopia of infinite streaming, diverse festival bills and more respectful dudes at shows is, to put it mildly, not turning out quite like idealists hoped, especially for newer or independent acts. August Brown, latimes.com, "On new record 'Burn,' Little Boots tries to see if the future really is female," 9 May 2018 Presiding over this seeming utopia was Dwight Eisenhower. The Economist, "Under the surface of Eisenhower’s era," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of utopia

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for utopia

Utopia, imaginary and ideal country in Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More, from Greek ou not, no + topos place

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utopia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of utopia

: an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect

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