Utopianism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Utopianism the political orientation of a Utopian who believes in impossibly idealistic schemes of social perfection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Utopianism The ideas, views, aims, etc., of a Utopian; impracticable schemes of human perfection; optimism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n utopianism The characteristic views or bent of mind of a utopian; ideas founded on or relating to ideal social perfectibility; optimism.
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Quotations

  • Emma Goldman
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    “Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian.”

Usage

In literature:

It is not surprising, therefore, that the phrase has long been a favorite with the demagogue and the utopian.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
But all such suppositions as these, the southern man will perhaps say, are visionary and utopian in the highest degree.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
That we are Utopians is well known.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
It was the utopianism of our tails, in most cases, that first cracked the shell.
"Socialism: Positive and Negative" by Robert Rives La Monte
Let us think for a few moments what romance and Utopianism mean.
"Lectures on Architecture and Painting" by John Ruskin
O hours Utopian which we may anticipate!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
The greatest of these experimental Utopians, Robert Owen, tried to carry out his ideas in this country.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
I make this appeal at the risk of incurring only contempt for my Utopianism.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
No Utopian plans, democratic or anti-democratic.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
So much is certain that all these schemes were Utopian.
"The League of Nations and its Problems" by Lassa Oppenheim
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In poetry:

Oh, is it, then, Utopian
To hope that I may meet a man
Who'll not relate, in accents suave,
The tales of girls he used to have?
"De Profundis" by Dorothy Parker
But here again a danger lies,
Lest, having misapplied our eyes,
And taken trash for treasure,
We should unwarily conclude
Friendship a false ideal good,
A mere Utopian pleasure.
"Friendship" by William Cowper

In news:

Utopian Vision Sam Adams Utopias.
But it was the ruthless, utopian mentality of communists that was really on trial.
Most characteristic of this preaching was its utopianism, the promise of a bright future just in the offing, "three years of suffering leading to a thousand years of happiness".
Jessa Crispin talks to Utopian writer J.C. Hallman about bucking the dystopian trend.
Alejandrina Cabrera will run alongside Utopian Party presidential candidate Avery Ayers.
Utopian Vision Sam Adams Utopias.
Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand was the backdrop for the utopian existence featured in "The Beach".
How will the Tea Party freshmen--with their utopian small-government views--actually govern.
Utopian vibe and dramatic soundstaging in an audiophile headphone.
Don Argott's The Art of the Steal, about the utopian past and controversial future of The Barnes Foundation, opens in Philadelphia and New York today.
Fans of James Cameron's mega-hit 'Avatar' are going to get an even closer look at Pandora, the film's utopian planet.
Thomas Meaney is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University and an editor of The Utopian.
A look at some of New Jersey's experiments with utopian communities including one that's still going strong.
They had good ideas, inherited from Garden City thought, planned, compact industrial towns and utopian communities, which by and large have withstood the test of time.
These shacks are constructed from the resourcefully recycled garage doors and used tires of their residents' more affluent neighbors, detritus of a world that may be construed as utopian .
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In science:

Considering that still less than 100 SDPDs are published per year, it was clearly utopian to expect that 3% of them could be solved in 2 months by people extremely busy at solving their own difficult problems.
SDPD Round Robin 2002 Results
The above ideas will seem utopian in a development landscape without integration.
Improving the Technical Aspects of Software Testing in Enterprises
There are now several such utopian-sounding pro jects on their way. A small but functioning instrument has been deployed in Lake Baikal 174 but probably it will not grow to the km3 scale.
Neutrino Astrophysics at the Cross Roads
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