a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Origin of dystopia
Related formsdys·to·pi·an, adjectivedys·to·pi·an·ism, noun
First recorded in 1865–70; dys-
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Examples from the Web for dystopian
Contemporary Examples of dystopian
Certainly now when here are, in the aftermath of The Giver, a number of dystopian novels, which involve a great deal of violence.
I never as a reader have been particularly interested in dystopian literature or science fiction or, in fact, fantasy.
When it comes to dystopian, young adult fiction, Lois Lowry was the trailblazer.
One day I want to write a dystopian political novel set in the not-too-distant future.
His debut novel, Echo of the Boom, is a dystopian romp with Pynchonesque ambitions.
British Dictionary definitions for dystopian
Derived Formsdystopian, adjective, noun
an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
Word Origin for dystopia
C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia
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Word Origin and History for dystopian
"imaginary bad place," 1868, apparently coined by J.S. Mill ("Hansard Commons"), from Greek dys- "bad, abnormal, difficult" (see dys-) + utopia. Related: Dystopian.
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Related formsdys•top′ic (-tŏp′ĭk) adj.
An abnormal position, as of an organ or a body part.malposition
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