brave new world

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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).


brave new world (plural brave new worlds)

  1. A better, often utopian (future) world.
    • 1623, Shakespeare, William, quoting Miranda, “Act V, scene i”, in The Tempest (First folio), London: Edward Blount and William and Isaac Jaggard, OCLC 703972149:
      O, wonder!
      How many goodly creatures are there here!
      How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
      That has such people in't!
    • 1999, Helen Kelly-Holmes, European Television Discourse in Transition[1], →ISBN, 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, 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 ...