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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
The casting turns Grover’s Corners at the turn of the 20th century into a multicultural utopia.
Whether AVs will deliver utopia or dystopia depends in large part on their effect on current driving patterns.
Reject utopia as a blueprint while preserving it as a dream.
Gilman’s world was a utopia, although not exactly an intersectional one.
And past efforts at doing that — whether through the urban renewal of individual neighborhoods or the wholesale development of utopias — have invariably failed for that reason.
And then there is the radically holistic model known as the Red School Movement, a sort of menstrual utopia.
The oil-rich country is something close to an arts utopia.
There were huge numbers of utopias in the 19th century, and a lot of them took off from the state of urban squalor and poverty and such that the people were seeing in London.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of utopia
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
SynonymsCamelot, Cockaigne, Eden, Elysium, empyrean, fantasyland, heaven, lotusland, never-never land, New Jerusalem, nirvana, promised land, Shangri-la, paradise, Zion (also Sion)
Antonymsanti-utopia, dystopia, hell
Related Wordsarcadia; dreamland, dreamworld, fairyland, wonderland; blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, euphoria, gladness, joy
Near Antonymsfool's paradise
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