[ dis-toh-pee-uh ]
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  1. a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

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Origin of dystopia

First recorded in 1865–70; dys- + (U)topia

Other words from dystopia

  • dys·to·pi·an, adjective
  • dys·to·pi·an·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dystopia


/ (dɪsˈtəʊpɪə) /

  1. an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be

Origin of dystopia

C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia

Derived forms of dystopia

  • dystopian, adjective, noun

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