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  • proper n. The satirical treatise on government by Sir Thomas More, from which the term utopia was coined.

Etymologies

The name of a fictional island, possessing a seemingly perfect socio-politico-legal system in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More. Coined from Ancient Greek οὐ (ou, "not, no") + τόπος (topos, "place, region"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'd underestimated what Wilde was saying about utopia ... famously in The Soul of Man Under Socialism he claimed that 'a map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.'

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  • It explores and expounds the interesting idea of the liberal utopia, which put simply: through democracy, capitalism and technological advancement, we will become more efficient and not have to work so hard to have the material plenty that will enter us into full integration, which I define as Utopia.

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  • In a foreword to a new edition of Brave New World published in 1946, after the horrors of the second world war and Hitler's "final solution", Huxley criticises himself for having provided only two choices in his 1932 utopia/dystopia - an "insane life in Utopia" or "the life of a primitive in an Indian village, more human in some respects, but in others hardly less queer and abnormal".

    O brave new world, that has such people in't!

  • Epilogue 157 UTOPIA OR JUST MUDDLING THROUGH The term Utopia was fi rst used by Sir Thomas More in 1516, to describe his idea of a perfect society.

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  • (Utopia is Greek for "not place" -- that is, an impossible place suitable only for allegory.)

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  • In April, though, he took the radical step of chucking his robotics professorship, selling his house, upping sticks and moving to deepest, darkest Scotland to launch what he calls the Utopia Experiment.

    James Geary: Life in Utopia

  • But his Utopia is always fresh and new, but these are not the times for Utopias.

    An Unofficial Frenchman's View of the European Situation

  • "Utopia" comes from the Greek An abundance of conceptually informed exhibitions opened in New York in the space of three days at the end of October 2008, buoying the spirits in the wake of collapsing world economies.

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  • Liberalism works great in Utopia, but not in Real Life.

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  • Was Obama supposed to usher in Utopia personally by force of will alone?

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  • This is 'nowhere', literally!

    March 11, 2013