Utopia


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Utopia [Gk: not a place] is a word coined by St. Thomas More in 1516, in a book by the same title. Utopia depicts an ideal society created on a fictional island in the Atlantic ocean. More’s friend Erasmus helped him edit the work.

The Oxford English Dictionary looks back to 1551 with:

1551 (title), A fruteful and pleasaunt Worke of the beste state of a publyque weale, and of the newe yle called Utopia; written in Latine by Syr Thomas More knyght [publ. 1516], and translated into Englyshe by Raphe Robynson.

The word was later used by the French writer François Rabelais (c. 1494-1553) for the name of an ideal island. And many others followed suit.¹

Ari Moore adds: “A similar and equally interesting term is “eutopia,” meaning, “a good place.”²

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia

² https://earthpages.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/utopia/#comments

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