- an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.
- (usually lowercase) an ideal place or state.
- (usually lowercase) any visionary system of political or social perfection.
Origin of Utopia
Examples from the Web for utopia
Founded as a utopia where possessions, childcare, and love were communal, traditional family structures were banned.Surviving Life in a ‘70s Sex Commune
December 26, 2013
He was so disappointed with communism that he decided that the Khomeini utopia was the right one!The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa
October 10, 2013
Utopia for Beginners Joshua Foer, The New Yorker An amateur linguist loses control of the language he invented.The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks December 22, 2012
December 22, 2012
Until that utopia arrives, it might be heartening to realize that most students have easy, albeit illegal, access to these drugs.Randy Cohen’s Three Favorite Ethicist Columns
October 9, 2012
Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia from 1970 was the founding document, the God and Man at Yale of the movement.How Robert Nozick Turned on Robert Nozick
May 22, 2012
They are said, though it is not easy to believe, to have been elaborated by way of Utopia.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
The 'New Atlantis' is only a fragment, and far inferior in merit to the 'Utopia.'
And 'the secret has perished' with him; to this day the place of Utopia remains unknown.
I have at last seen the Utopia at Paris printed, but with many misprints.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
If we cannot hope to turn it into Utopia, let us at least make it as much like Utopia as we can.The Legacy of Greece
- (sometimes not capital) any real or imaginary society, place, state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal
Word Origin and History for utopia
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.
(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.”