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utopian

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adjective, often capitalized uto·pi·an \yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ən\

Definition of utopian

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a utopia; especially :  having impossibly ideal conditions especially of social organization

  2. 2 :  proposing or advocating impractically ideal social and political schemes utopian idealists

  3. 3 :  impossibly ideal :  visionary recognised the utopian nature of his hopes — C. S. Kilby

  4. 4 :  believing in, advocating, or having the characteristics of utopian socialism utopian doctrines utopian novels

Examples of utopian in a Sentence

  1. a plan to revitalize the city's decaying downtown that proved to be overly ambitious and utopian

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In 1516 Thomas More published Utopia, a description of a fictional island in the Atlantic with an ideal society, in order to draw a sharp contrast with the disorderly political situation of his own time. He created the name from topos ("place") and ou, Greek for "no", since he was well aware that nowhere so perfect was likely to exist on earth. People have long dreamed of creating utopian communities; some of them have joined communes, societies where other idealists like themselves have chosen to live in a cooperative way according to certain principles. Not just communes but plans of all kinds have been labeled utopian by critics. But we can dream, can't we?

First Known Use of utopian

1551


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utopian

noun uto·pi·an

Definition of utopian

  1. 1 :  one who believes in the perfectibility of human society

  2. 2 :  one who proposes or advocates utopian schemes

Examples of utopian in a Sentence

  1. in the 19th century utopians founded a number of short-lived socialist communities

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First Known Use of utopian

circa 1873



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