- a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Origin of dystopia
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Examples from the Web for dystopia
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’
March 7, 2014
Or we hear on MSNBC that the Republicans are ideologically blind and fanatical in their pursuit of a Darwinian dystopia.Memo to the South: Go Ahead, Secede Already!
April 30, 2013
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
September 27, 2012
In Tampa, the equivalent trip took you through an Eraserhead dystopia of underpasses and asphalt plains.Charlotte Putting Tampa To Shame
September 6, 2012
In the final section of the book, the sense of dystopia becomes more pronounced and the search for refuge more desperate.Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’
Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts
March 23, 2012
- an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia
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Word Origin and History for dystopia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An abnormal position, as of an organ or a body part.malposition
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