from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.
- n. A work of fiction describing a utopia.
- n. An impractical, idealistic scheme for social and political reform.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A world in which everything and everyone works in perfect harmony.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imaginary island, represented by Sir Thomas More, in a work called Utopia, as enjoying the greatest perfection in politics, laws, and the like. See Utopia, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
- n. Hence, any place or state of ideal perfection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An imaginary island, described by Sir Thomas More in a work entitled “Utopia,” published in 1516, as enjoying the utmost perfection in law, politics, etc. Hence [lowercase] A place or state of ideal perfection.
- n. Any imaginary region.
- n. In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ideally perfect state; especially in its social and political and moral aspects
- n. an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal
- n. a work of fiction describing a utopia
- n. a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
All I know is it was published many years ago and the term utopia came about because of this book.
AKG Images The Word "utopia" comes from Thomas More's book of the same name, first published in Latin in 1516.
There idea of a utopia is a feudal system where old money remains in the old families while the poor eek out an existence as servants, if they are lucky, and peasants if they are not.
With the exception of Merriam-Webster, the word "utopia" is open to interpretation, especially when applied to the spirited town of Fairhope, Ala.
What utopia is the scientist referring to … I think it would be rather different from the humanist version of utopia.
I am of the opinion that an anarchist utopia is morally abhorrent, however well-intentioned.
"And to think that by spending NASA's relatively minute buget on problems here on earth we will somehow create a social and ecological utopia is nothing short of ridiculous"
And to think that by spending NASA's relatively minute buget on problems here on earth we will somehow create a social and ecological utopia is nothing short of ridiculous, if anything space exploration can have an incredibly positive and inspiring effect on society but only if it is alowed to and if the people who so vocally support these views have their way it never will be.
The conservative view of judging is one that exists in utopia, not reality, on the Supreme Court cases that the public most cares about, because the meaning of the Constitution is far from clear and not readily susceptible to a ‘plain reading’ answer.
I think the faith of many that a high-IQ society would be a utopia is sadly misplaced.