Utopia

Utopia

[yoo-toh-pee-uh]
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:
< Neo-Latin (1516) < Greek ou not + tóp(os) a place + -ia -y3

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Utopia (juːˈtəʊpɪə)
 
n
(sometimes not capital) any real or imaginary society, place, state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal
 
[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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utopia
1551, from Mod.L. Utopia, lit. "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 Gk. ou "not" + topos "place." Extended to "any perfect place," 1613. Utopian originally meant "having no known location"
(1609); sense of "impossibly visionary, ideal" is from 1621; as a noun meaning "visionary idealist" it is first recorded c.1873 (earlier in this sense was utopiast, 1854).
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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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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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