utopianism

noun
uto·​pi·​an·​ism | \yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of utopianism 

1 : a utopian idea or theory

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

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The agency considers the technology to be interesting, though very preliminary, and cautions the public against imbuing the idea with too much utopianism. Zoë Schlanger, Newsweek, "Designers Building Roadways That Generate Solar Power," 17 Nov. 2014 Maybe this techno-utopianism, and talk about eliminating private car ownership is getting too far ahead of the game. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why valet parking is the future of smarter urban transit," 6 Aug. 2018 What a 28-year-old American with very little international experience sees as socialism is really utopianism... Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "In socialist candidates' election success, some see ominous rejection of Democratic 'Old Guard'," 7 July 2018 Throughout 2017, the price of bitcoin rose stratospherically, driven by a volatile cocktail of surging amateur interest in cryptocurrencies, professional price manipulation, rampant speculation, and techno-utopianism. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Has Bitcoin Entered the Doom Loop?," 29 June 2018 Her utopianism, so timely amid the catastrophes that still shake the world, particularly recommends this most personal of histories. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 11 May 2018 The lost souls for whom Theosophy was too outré and social utopianism too woolly-headed and political were a natural audience for Sister McPherson’s message. Gary Krist, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why a Legendary East Coast Evangelist Chose Los Angeles for Her Pentecostal Empire," 7 May 2018 So many of them were born from the militancy or utopianism of the 1960s. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The inchoate new MPAACT show Blood Mural misses what’s right in front of it," 25 Apr. 2018 This makes one of Kaplan’s final chapters, on the dangers of a new utopianism, all the more chilling. Bret Stephens, New York Times, "Foreign Policy From the Dark Side," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of utopianism

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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