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One entry found for utopia.
Main Entry: uto·pia
Pronunciation: yudot-primarystresstomacr-pemacron-schwa
Function: noun
Etymology: from Utopia, name of an imaginary ideal country in a book Utopia written by Sir Thomas More 1478-1535 English statesman and author; from Greek ou "not, no" and Greek topos "place"
1 often capitalized : a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions
2 : an impractical scheme for social improvement
- uto·pi·an /-pemacron-schwan/ adjective or noun
Word History In 1516 the English statesman Sir Thomas More published a book that compared the condition of his England to that of a perfect and imaginary country, Utopia. Everything that was wrong in England was perfect in Utopia. More was trying to show how people could live together in peace and happiness if they only did what he thought was right. But the name he gave his imaginary country showed that he did not really believe perfection could ever be reached. Utopia means, literally, "no place," since it was formed from the Greek ou, meaning "no, not," and topos, "place." Since More's time, utopia has come to mean "a place of ideal perfection." Over the years many books similar to Utopia have been written, and many plans for perfect societies proposed, most of them impractical. Utopia has also come to mean any such scheme or plan.

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