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  • n. A drug providing escape from the problems of reality, or giving dreams of utopia.

Etymologies

Portmanteau of utopia and opiate. The noun usage was coined by Richard H. Blum of Stanford University in 1964. (Wiktionary)

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  • any source that provides an intense, yet short-lived, sensation of perfect happiness followed by a need to experience it again.

    September 23, 2009

  • 1. a perverted ideal, or an ideal taken too far.

    2. an internal, spiritual utopia which is perceived as achievable, as opposed to external, idealized, impossible political utopiae.

    January 17, 2009

  • To me, "utopiate" refers to a spiritual, inner utopia, an achievable one, as opposed to the external, idealistic political utopias usually discussed. But I guess I shouldn't surprise me that I'm not the first person to come up with that particular portmanteau.

    January 17, 2009

  • Ideals can be perverted, idealists can go too far. Idealism is the utopiate of the apparatchik.
    --John Rodden, 2002, Repainting the Little Red Schoolhouse: A History of Eastern German Education, 1945-1995

    February 7, 2008