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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 usual patrons of architecture on this scale are governments, which may have the money initially but over the years invariably run out of funds to keep their utopias sparkling.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore Located at the edge of the Orchard Road shopping district, this 158-year-old tropical rainforest is an urban utopia that offers a peaceful respite from Singapore’s inner-city activity.
Early computing enthusiasts hoped the Internet would become a utopia defined by ideals like meritocracy and free speech.
For the entire first season of The Good Place, viewers were led to believe the show was set in a perfect afterlife utopia, with Ted Danson’s character Michael as the gatekeeper of this particular universe.
Here’s hoping this road is the first step toward a fully independent Rihanna nation, a utopia where everyone’s foundation looks amazing, all cups are to-go cups, and our president actually cares about hurricane victims.
Other utopias can look alluring on paper, but would have been dystopian in practice.
Who’s worse, the politicians who promise utopia or the voters who believe them?
The story is said to act as a metaphorical depiction of an unattainable 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
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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