uto·​pi·​an·​ism | \ yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce utopianism (audio) \

Definition of utopianism

1 : a utopian idea or theory
2 often capitalized : the body of ideas, views, or aims of a utopian

Examples of utopianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On paper, these actions were justified with utopianism. James Mcelroy, Washington Examiner, "A Chinese guide to our cultural revolution," 31 Dec. 2020 Seduced by tech’s lucre and ostensible utopianism, Wiener moved West, where life proved eerily comfortable for a hard-driving Millennial. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Best Books Vogue Editors Read in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 But Oakeshott’s philosophy possesses none of the naïve utopianism in many of the more radical romantic traditions. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Michael Oakeshott, 30 Years Later," 18 Dec. 2020 This is forcing a profound reckoning with the limits of free will, American exceptionalism and technological utopianism—in short, with human powerlessness in the face of death. Katy Butler, WSJ, "Covid Is Reshaping Death. And Maybe Life.," 16 Dec. 2020 In keeping with his leftist sympathies, there is a rich vein of utopianism in Rodari’s work. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "The Italian Genius Who Mixed Marxism and Children’s Literature," 7 Dec. 2020 Rousseau’s hedonistic utopianism laid the ground for the French Revolution. John D. Hagen, National Review, "The Gospel of Jean-Jacques," 20 Aug. 2020 Seasteading combines streaks of various ideologies, including off-the-grid individualism, utopianism and sometimes anarcho-capitalism that values both profit and tax avoidance. NBC News, "A good time to live on the ocean? 'Seasteaders' double down during pandemic," 17 June 2020 Still, techno-utopianism does not appear to be what patients want. Olivier Drouin, STAT, "Health care needs AI. It also needs the human touch," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of utopianism

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Utopianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utopianism. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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