[ dis-toh-pee-uh ]
/ dɪsˈtoʊ pi ə /


a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Compare Utopia.

Origin of dystopia

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

Related forms

dys·to·pi·an, adjectivedys·to·pi·an·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dystopia


/ (dɪsˈtəʊpɪə) /


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

Derived Forms

dystopian, adjective, noun

Word Origin for dystopia

C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia
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Medicine definitions for dystopia


[ dĭs-tōpē-ə ]


An abnormal position, as of an organ or a body part.malposition

Related forms

dys•topic (-tŏpĭk) adj.
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