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Utopia

[yoo-toh-pee-uh] /yuˈtoʊ pi ə/
noun
1.
an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.
2.
(usually lowercase) an ideal place or state.
3.
(usually lowercase) any visionary system of political or social perfection.
Origin
< New Latin (1516) < Greek ou not + tóp(os) a place + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for Utopia

Utopia

/juːˈtəʊpɪə/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) any real or imaginary society, place, state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin Utopia (coined by Sir Thomas More in 1516 as the title of his book that described an imaginary island representing the perfect society), literally: no place, from Greek ou not + topos a place
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Word Origin and History for Utopia

utopia

n.

1550s, from Modern Latin Utopia, literally "nowhere," coined by Thomas More (and used as title of his book, 1516, about an imaginary island enjoying perfect legal, social, and political systems), from Greek ou "not" + topos "place" (see topos). Extended to "any perfect place," 1610s.

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Utopia in Culture

Utopia definition


(1516) A book by Sir Thomas More that describes an imaginary ideal society free of poverty and suffering. The expression utopia is coined from Greek words and means “no place.”

Note: By extension, a “utopia” is any ideal state.
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Encyclopedia Article for Utopia

utopia

an ideal commonwealth whose inhabitants exist under seemingly perfect conditions. Hence "utopian" and "utopianism" are words used to denote visionary reform that tends to be impossibly idealistic.

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