utopia

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noun uto·pia \yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə\

Definition of utopia

  1. 1 :  an imaginary and indefinitely remote place

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions

  3. 3 :  an impractical scheme for social improvement

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Examples of utopia in a Sentence

  1. The town's founders wanted to create a Christian utopia.

  2. It's a nice place to live, but it's no Utopia.

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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


UTOPIA Defined for English Language Learners

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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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