Definition of utopian in English:

utopian

adjective

  • Modeled on or aiming for a state in which everything is perfect; idealistic.

    • ‘These books are an indictment of uncompromising, fanatical, and utopian ideology.’
    • ‘First and perhaps most important is a resistance to utopian thinking.’
    • ‘Internationalism is not simply a utopian ideal, but an urgent practical necessity.’
    • ‘No matter how corrupt and depraved it is in practice, the organisation's sunny utopian image endures.’
    • ‘Jones also fills the text with knowledgeable references to bee-keeping and the apian colony as utopian ideal.’
    • ‘He was committed to utopian politics which sought to create a human society informed by the highest artistic ideals.’
    • ‘A deeply divided political class nourished a range of conflicting and often utopian ideological goals.’
    • ‘It was a time of struggle, but it was also a time of utopian hope.’
    • ‘As the brutal realities of civil war exploded the idealistic notion of America as a utopian paradise, romantic naturalism lost its allure.’
    • ‘Whatever else they may have been, they were not utopian social engineers.’
    • ‘Progressive reform aims to move ahead toward an ideal or utopian future.’
    • ‘The exhibition features detailed but unrealised designs for futuristic new ways of living and utopian ideals of the perfect living space.’
    • ‘In other words, modernity has become critical of modernism and of its own utopian absolutism.’
    • ‘We had too many utopian ideals force-fed to us to believe that the EU is the answer to all our problems.’
    • ‘Let me emphasise the point that the establishment of such a society is not some kind of utopian dream.’
    • ‘Every era has its utopian movements that hold out the promise of social perfectability.’
    • ‘At that point, science and the transformation of society were necessarily seen in utopian terms.’
    • ‘Their concern is that utopian aspirations towards a new peaceful world order will simply absolutize conflicts and make them more intractable.’
    • ‘This time there is no grand strategic vision to work toward, no utopian ideals.’
    • ‘This alternative to capitalist globalization, of course, sounds very utopian.’
    idealistic, visionary, perfectionist, romantic, idealized, fairy-tale, quixotic, starry-eyed, fanciful, unrealistic, impracticable
    unworldly, non-materialistic, non-material, immaterial
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noun

  • An idealistic reformer.

    • ‘And to think, feeble-minded utopians like myself have denigrated what should be a time of dour reflection.’
    • ‘Throughout the twentieth century, radicals, revolutionaries, feminists, utopians and unionists competed for their hearts and minds to lead the people's procession.’
    • ‘As ever, the utopians and cynics have both jumped into the fray.’
    • ‘Sadly, web utopians will just have to accept that the internet is ultimately no different to that previously-hailed great leveller: the printed word.’
    • ‘They find that senior military leaders tend to be technological utopians incapable of using historical perspectives and cultural insights to shape the future military.’
    • ‘Were they courageous visionaries, or romantic utopians?’
    • ‘In 1968, who would have believed it possible that the left would be home to the dreary old ‘realists’ while the right would be full of utopians?’
    • ‘Dropping out was the great weakness of the sixties utopians.’
    • ‘It is just the kind of thing the utopians in government wanted to try to alleviate, yet they have made it worse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Far from being armchair utopians, jurisdictionalist and regalist writers collaborated with statesmen to bring about reform.’
    • ‘Students, passionate idealists by nature, but in a different camp from the old-school utopians, were most sensitive to the faults of their society.’
    • ‘It is not only radical utopians, however, who feel inheritance is unjust, but also conservatives have argued that inheritance stifles the entrepreneurial capacity of capitalism.’
    • ‘But I urge you not to be deceived by the false promise of utopians that we can somehow create the peace of Heaven here on earth.’
    • ‘These cooperators were not utopians, but rather male heads of households seeking to make it to old age without upsetting the status quo.’
    • ‘The utopians ' mistake of hyperrationalism is also one of the errors of the post-modernists, who hold that irrational prejudices may be overcome by multiculturalist homilies.’
    • ‘How can utopians dream of changing the world when it is so difficult to lose an inch off one's waistline?’
    • ‘We will no longer be able to count on human nature to serve as a source of resistance to radical utopians because human nature will become more malleable.’
    • ‘Catering for the needs of the populace appears to have been a major preoccupation of utopians.’
    • ‘There was no stopping the free-market utopians ' cultural momentum, in part because the crisis was quickly contained and the paper boom roared on.’
    utopian, visionary, wishful thinker, pipe-dreamer, fantasist, fantasizer, romantic, romanticist, romancer, castle-builder, walter mitty, don quixote, dreamer, daydreamer, impractical person, unrealistic person
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from utopia + -an.

Pronunciation:

utopian

/yo͞oˈtōpēən/