a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
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- dys·to·pi·an, adjective
- dys·to·pi·an·ism, noun
- Compare Utopia.
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How to use dystopia in a sentence
In Dave Eggers’ The Every, a follow-up to his 2013 novel The Circle, the tech dystopia that characters navigate bears a strong resemblance to our current reality, dialed up a notch or two.What if Facebook and Amazon merged? Dave Eggers imagines our dystopian future | Sarah Todd | August 26, 2021 | Quartz
It is still a journey into the future for me, but not a good future, more a dystopia.American Agriculture Almost Ruined My Little English Farm. Now I'm Trying to Save It | James Rebanks | August 5, 2021 | Time
Before long, however, it descends into dystopia and civil war.
His later series Battlestar Galactica was famed for its grim plot twists and serious tone, but Moore would rather you not call that series a dystopia.For All Mankind’s season 2 finale is the best TV episode of 2021 so far | Emily VanDerWerff | April 23, 2021 | Vox
Compared to other pandemic-inspired dystopias, the rise of the avatar sports fan wasn’t horrible, so much as mildly depressing.Will There Be Fans at the Hayward Field Olympic Trials? | Martin Fritz Huber | March 19, 2021 | Outside Online
Divergent is set in a dystopia and provides a pretty bleak portrait of our future.Exclusive: Shailene Woodley On ‘Divergent,’ J. Law, and Why She Turned Down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ | Marlow Stern | March 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Five years into the Obama presidency, we are further from the Great Recession but also closer to a new normal—economic dystopia.
Or we hear on MSNBC that the Republicans are ideologically blind and fanatical in their pursuit of a Darwinian dystopia.
Lurking not far beneath the prettiness lies the real Pagford—a dystopia that would take a wizard to set right.‘The Casual Vacancy’ Review: J.K. Rowling Cuts Loose From Harry Potter | Malcolm Jones | September 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Tampa, the equivalent trip took you through an Eraserhead dystopia of underpasses and asphalt plains.
British Dictionary definitions for dystopia
an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
- dystopian, adjective, noun
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