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utopian Line breaks: uto|pian
Pronunciation: /juːˈtəʊpɪən/

Definition of utopian in English:


Modelled on or aiming for a state in which everything is perfect; idealistic: a utopian ideology it is easy to dismiss this as naive or utopian
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  • The exhibition features detailed but unrealised designs for futuristic new ways of living and utopian ideals of the perfect living space.
  • These books are an indictment of uncompromising, fanatical, and utopian ideology.
  • Their concern is that utopian aspirations towards a new peaceful world order will simply absolutize conflicts and make them more intractable.
unworldly, non-materialistic, non-material, immaterial;
progressive, reforming, socialist;
ideal, paradisal, heavenly, idyllic, blissful, divine, sublime, Elysian, perfect
literary Arcadian, Erewhonian


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An idealistic reformer: he describes himself as an educational Utopian
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  • The idea of a classical republic inspired a tradition of thought which, overtaken by the new politics of reason of state in early modern times, was preserved largely in the writings of philosophers, utopians, and pamphleteers.
  • Throughout the twentieth century, radicals, revolutionaries, feminists, utopians and unionists competed for their hearts and minds to lead the people's procession.
  • Were they courageous visionaries, or romantic utopians?


Pronunciation: /juːˈtəʊpɪənɪz(ə)m/
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  • Their frustrated utopianism turned into an unrelenting demand for democracy.
  • The document also denounced materialism for spawning ‘a virulent strain of utopianism.’
  • There is another deep sense in which libertarians scorn the broader utopianism of the left.


Mid 16th century: from utopia + -an.

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