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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
One of the earliest and gravest blows to the fantasy of a tax-free American utopia was the War of 1812, which came along as the U.S. was expanding rapidly in both size and population to test the inchoate nation’s mettle.
The show’s version of Krypton is far from the shining utopia it’s usually imagined to be.
At the Lincoln Memorial, King wasn’t dreaming of a utopia.
In February, this column investigated the location of Black Panther's Wakanda—not the afro-futuristic Marvel Comics utopia, but the places that might occupy that same geographic space on our Earth.
Erik Hagerman’s dream world is a private utopia which would, if widely copied, produce a public dystopia.
But Karen Crouse, a New York Times sports writer who has attended around ten Olympic games over the past few decades, stumbled upon a kind of parenting utopia where, in her view, parents are really getting it right.
If the utopia that was meant to be America by its early settlers has failed, my guess is that Mr. Fraser would argue this is no reason to eschew the dream of utopianism generally.
Both men seem to believe that romantic rhetoric (about steel mills churning on the banks of the Allegheny, a progressive utopia taking root on the banks of the Hudson) is itself the endpoint of governing.
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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
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: an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect
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