Definition of utopia
1 : an imaginary and indefinitely remote place
2 often capitalized : a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions
3 : an impractical scheme for social improvement
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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
There are no utopias in the politics of historical memory.
Techie utopia: Proximity to tech hubs in Venice, Playa Vista, Culver City and El Segundo make Westchester an appealing home-buying destination for technology workers.
Bunkered beneath the bucolic expanse of Blackberry Farm, the fabled gastro-utopia of the American South, lies a stockpile of intoxicants that ought to last for centuries.
C major is quickly reasserted, but a cosmic message has been sent: there is no freedom without loss, no utopia outside of Heaven.
The visitor is encouraged to conclude that if only adherents of the three major religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam—would understand themselves as citizens of Jerusalem, a city transcending national boundaries, this utopia could be recaptured.
What is most remarkable about Café Gratitude is its unabashed attempt to create a kind of animal-free utopia.
Cypherpunks believed that a decentralized currency was needed to allow their crypto-anarchic utopia to exist, and bitcoin began as a technical implementation of this vision.
Where Miller sees an industry filled with both geniuses and idiots like any other, Silicon Valley sees itself as creating the human utopia through the next iPhone app.
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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
Utopia, imaginary and ideal country in Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More, from Greek ou not, no + topos place
First Known Use: 1533
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Definition of utopia for English Language Learners
: an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect
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