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Utopias/Dystopias Vocabulary- Mathews
Terms in this set (28)
An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia
(1516) by Sir Thomas More
An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally
An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the
government rather than by private enterprise, and in which cooperation rather than competition guides economic activity.
A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and
exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority. The absence of government and absolute
freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
Freedom from civil disturbance; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom; a state in which there is no war or fighting
Socialism established by the peaceful surrender of the means of production by the capitalists moved by moral persuasion. The communal ownership of all means of production for the betterment of society as whole. Ex
The doctrine that actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority; the doctrine that an
action is right insofar as it promotes happiness, and that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the guiding principle of conduct.
Extreme greed for wealth or material gain.
A selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed.
Agreement of ideas, feelings, or actions, or a pleasing combination of different parts.
The state of being equal, especially in
Social or political equality.
The feeling of friendship that exists between people in a group
A policy of remaining apart from the affairs or interests of other groups, especially the political affairs of
A sovereign or political leader or activist who encourages or advocates aggression or warfare toward other nations or groups.
An event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale; the complete final
destruction of the world.
A state of dissatisfaction, disturbance, and agitation in a group of people, typically involving public
demonstrations or disorder
A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
Shared or used by members of a group or community; participated in, shared, or used in common by
members of a group or community.
An electoral system where citizens vote to elect people to represent their interests and
concerns. Those elected meet to debate and make laws on behalf of the whole community or society, instead of the people voting directly on laws and other debates.
Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
To deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality.
Continuous observation of a place, person, group, or ongoing activity in order to gather information.
Hold or express opinions that are at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially expressed.
Unjustly inflicting hardship and constraint, especially on a minority or other subordinate group.
Relating to the business of running an organization, or government; overly concerned with procedure at
the expense of efficiency or common sense
Sir Thomas More
An English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist; wrote
Utopia, published in 1516, about the political system of an imaginary ideal island nation.
A very beautiful, pleasant, or peaceful place that seems to be perfect; an ideal or idyllic place or state.
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