brave new world

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Etymology[edit]

From the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel Brave New World, which is in turn a reference to a line from William Shakespeare's play The Tempest (first performed around 1611).

Noun[edit]

brave new world (plural brave new worlds)

  1. A better, often utopian (future) world.
    • 1999, Helen Kelly-Holmes, European Television Discourse in Transition[1], ISBN 1853594628, page 6:
      Will digital broadcasting, 'mega-channel-land', change everything or nothing? Will it be a brave new world, or simply more of the same?
  2. A terrible, often oppressive or dystopian world.
    • 2005, Will Watson, “The Ethics of Living American Primacy”, in Allan Eickelman et al. editor, Justice and Violence: Political Violence, Pacifism and Cultural Transformation[2], ISBN 0754645460, page 103:
      In this brave new world, the IMF and other Western financial institutions dictated radical free trade "shock treatment" to both developing nations and the former USSR ...

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