Dictionary Definitions Of Utopia

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n. an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. / a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions.

Merrian-webst’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary p. 1379


n. a place of ideal peace, cooperation and good living.

The Newbury House Dictionary


n. an imaginary island described is Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc. / an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.


The term "Utopia" means an imaginary country or community which represents an ideal or perfect society as actually existing. The word is derived from the island described by St. Thomas More in his book, The Best Form of Government and the new Island of Utopia.

The Catholic Encyclopedia for School and Home. Mc Graw-Hill Book Company. New York, 1965.

Visionary schemes and ardent but impracticable dreams of political or social reflection.

J. Bodensieck. The Encyclopedia of the Lutheran Church. Augsburg Publishing House. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1965.

(from Greek: οὐ no, and τόπος, place, i.e. "no place" or "place that does not exist") in its most common and positive meaning, refers to an imaginary, ideal civilization, which may range from a city to a world, regarded to be attainable in the future by some. Human efforts to create a better, or perhaps perfect society are called utopianism. Ideas which could be/are considered able to radically better the world are often called utopian ideas.


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