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u·to·pi·a

 (yo͞o-tō′pē-ə)
n.
1.
a. often Utopia An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.
b. A work of fiction describing a utopia.
2. An impractical, idealistic scheme for social and political reform.

[New Latin Ūtopia, imaginary island in Utopia by Sir Thomas More : Greek ou, not, no; see aiw- in Indo-European roots + Greek topos, place.]
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Utopia

(juːˈtəʊpɪə)
n
1. (Placename) (sometimes not capital) any real or imaginary society, place, state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (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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U•to•pi•a

(yuˈtoʊ pi ə)

n., pl. -pi•as.
1. an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.
2. (usu. l.c.) any ideal place or state.
3. (usu. l.c.) any visionary system of political or social perfection.
[< New Latin (1516) < Greek ou not + tóp(os) a place + -ia -y3]
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Utopia

See also society.

an imaginary place where the conditions and quality of life are unpleasant. The opposite of Utopia.
the precepts and opinions of Etienne Cabet and his followers, who settled communistic utopias in the U.S. during the 19th cent., as Nauvoo, Illinois (1849). — Icarian, n., adj.
a state in which the worst possible conditions exist in government, society, law, etc. Cf. Utopia.
1. name of an imaginary island; subject and title of a book by Sir Thomas More, that had a perfect political and social system.
2. (l.c.) any ideal place or situation.
1. the views and habits of mind of a visionary or idealist, sometimes beyond realization.
2. impracticable schemes of political and social reform. — utopian, utopianist, utopist, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Utopia - a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
2.utopia - ideally perfect state; especially in its social and political and moral aspects
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
dystopia - state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror
3.utopia - a work of fiction describing a utopia
fiction - a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
4.Utopia - an imaginary place considered to be perfect or idealUtopia - an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
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utopia

noun paradise, heaven, Eden, bliss, perfect place, Garden of Eden, Shangri-la, Happy Valley, seventh heaven, ideal life, Erewhon We weren't out to design a contemporary utopia.
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Translations
المَدينَةُ الفاضِلَه
Utopie
Utopia
utopia
utopija
utópia
ºtópía; staîleysa
이상향
utopijautopinisutopiškas
Utopija
utopie
Utópia
düş ülkeütopya

Utopia

[juːˈtəʊpɪə] NUtopía f
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utopia

[juːˈtəʊpiə] nutopie f
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Utopia

nUtopia nt
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utopia

[juːˈtəʊpɪə] nutopia
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Utopia

(juːˈtəupiə) noun
an imaginary country that has a perfect social and political system.
Uˈtopian adjective
(of eg plans for benefiting mankind) desirable, but idealistic and impossible. Utopian schemes.
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While we may have given up on the utopian ideal, neither should we embrace the unthinkable and accept a descent into dystopia.
Socialism was a utopian ideal but that has also been proven a failure.
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The country's political administrative system established after Algerian independence in 1962 sought to build a utopian ideal withdrawn from a market economy.
The people for it like Steven Kay, Thornaby councillors and James Wharton MP (who is supposed to speak for Stockton South as a whole but is busy chasing Yarm and Ingleby Barwick votes) either have this utopian ideal of Yorkshire or are spitting their dummies out because they refuse to agree with Labour councils.
The easy definition is that it means "anti-utopian," but it sets up too facile a dichotomy because life never reaches the utopian ideal except in dreams, books and movies.
Exceptions are dictatorships that arise with no effort to attract support for a utopian ideal, and are intent merely upon acquisition of power and control.
Albrecht goes on to demonstrate how this new musical model in fact remains nothing more than a utopian ideal. He puts forward the idea that the end of Romanticism, concomitant with the rise of vers libre, is marked by the year 1885, a year which signals both the death of Hugo and the founding of the Revue wagnerienne following the composer's death in 1883.
The fact is that the utopian ideal that people invariably lust after doesn't exist.
In this unlikely little spot beside the Clyde, Robert Owen came the closest anybody has to creating the socialist utopian ideal.