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 In the twentieth century, as early packet-switching networks evolved into the Internet, a generation of futurists and TED talkers emerged, explaining the new system to the laity in a spirit of wide-eyed techno-utopianism. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism," 23 Sep. 2019 By staying rooted in history, America did not descend into France’s revolutionary tyranny or the totalitarian utopianism of the 20th century. Steele Brand, Twin Cities, "Steele Brand: Why knowing Roman history is key to preserving America’s future," 19 Sep. 2019 The bitterness of Vietnam and Watergate lingered; hippie utopianism was giving way to a more selfish search for individual satisfaction. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder," 5 June 2019 Zamalin, who directs the African-American studies program at the University of Detroit, Mercy, traces a strain of utopianism in black art and culture, via critics and supporters. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Black Utopias to a ‘Little Women’ Tribute," 27 Aug. 2019 The political utopianism of Solanas was one kind of dream. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 What is surprising — or should be — is the extent to which recent Democratic remarks about reparations have been allowed, with no scrutiny whatsoever, to take on a cast of quasi-religious utopianism. Graham Hillard, National Review, "The Other Case against Reparations," 22 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of utopianism

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Utopianism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utopianism. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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