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[dis-toh-pee-uh] /dɪsˈtoʊ pi ə/
a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Compare Utopia.
Origin of dystopia
1865-70; dys- + (U)topia
Related forms
dystopian, adjective
dystopianism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dystopian
  • Fray allows you to wield gigantic rocket launchers and grenades as you storm around a desolate dystopian future.
  • dystopian fiction attracts teenagers who feel trapped by high school's world of tests that humiliate and unnerve them.
  • Imagine the publishing world as it might look in a dystopian universe in the distant future.
  • Three of the pieces also offer a dystopian view of the nest as a harsh and hostile environment.
  • Some media industries, particularly the music business, have already had to come to terms with such dystopian visions.
  • Both films depict a dystopian future where humans control either robotic or biological replacement bodies from afar.
  • Gamers with the urge to fire guns in an apocalyptic or dystopian future aren't exactly short of options.
  • If this dystopian vision drives the call to unplug, there's something more personal motivating those who heed that call.
  • But the idea of the library itself being supplanted by e-commerce is downright dystopian.
  • He might even willingly-given his dystopian personality-take the fall.
British Dictionary definitions for dystopian


an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
Derived Forms
dystopian, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia
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Word Origin and History for dystopian



"imaginary bad place," 1868, apparently coined by J.S. Mill ("Hansard Commons"), from Greek dys- "bad, abnormal, difficult" (see dys-) + utopia. Related: Dystopian.

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dystopian in Medicine

dystopia dys·to·pi·a (dĭs-tō'pē-ə)
An abnormal position, as of an organ or a body part. Also called malposition.

dys·top'ic (-tŏp'ĭk) adj.
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