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 Although Chambers’ stories aren’t speculative in the same sense as writers like Doctorow or Kim Stanley Robinson (probably the most prominent name in contemporary utopianism), that doesn’t detract from their aspirational power. Peter Hemminger, Longreads, 22 Apr. 2022 Commercial societies stress practicality, incentives, and the workings of self-interest, for example, thereby putting political tendencies to utopianism firmly in their place. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Similar trade utopianism was common among European intellectuals in the years before World War I. Zachary D. Carter, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Such extreme utopianism will actually block the Energy Transition and turn the voting public against these vital but limited technologies. Jude Clemente, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 What Democrats refuse to acknowledge are the trade-offs that accompany their utopianism. David Harsanyi, National Review, 23 Oct. 2021 Some, though, are interested in translating crypto’s Internet utopianism into the real world. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2022 This kind of nationalism is often a mixture of utopianism and anti-foreign sentiment, elements shared by the movement that birthed the Chinese Communist Party. Ian Buruma, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 First, Anton doesn't explicitly endorse Yarvin's most outlandish ideas, which blend a far-right love of unlimited executive power with the techno-utopianism of Silicon Valley. Damon Linker, The Week, 28 July 2021 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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