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)
- 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, →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?
- 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, →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 ...
ambitious, often utopian, vision of the future