Definition of subtopia in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌbˈtəʊpɪə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[mass noun] British
Unsightly, sprawling suburban development: I shall doubtless feel no more alien than anybody else in the prevailing subtopia because nobody will be working out of doors
More example sentences
  • Proposals for densification or adopting urban housing models are understandably slow to take root and have yet to make any discernible impact on the relentless march of subtopia.
  • There are many varieties of downtown areas, and no two subtopias are alike.
  • ‘The embers of the empire shimmer like a distant blood-soaked sunset as the urban subtopias of downtown blighty rumble to the rhythms of a brand new internationalism.’



Example sentences
  • My plan had been to head right through that subtopian labyrinth to the very edge, the scrubland beside the M57.
  • I consider that even in the subtopian clutter of modern towns and cities, a stark beauty can sometimes be found.
  • So now we fit in with the some of the other subtopian troglodytes in the area.


1950s: blend of suburb and utopia.

Words that rhyme with subtopia

cornucopia, dystopia, Ethiopia, myopia, Utopia
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