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  1. a style of mostly instrumental electronic music, originating in London, influenced by dub and characterized by syncopated rhythm and an emphasis on bass and drum elements.

Origin of dubstep

2000–05; dub4 (in the sense “a subgenre of reggae produced by remixing”) + step
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  1. a genre of electronic music conveying a dark and brooding atmosphere through prominent bass lines

Word Origin

C21: from dub 1 (sense 6) + step
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