- a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Origin of dystopia
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Examples from the Web for 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.Is Big Money Politics an Overblown Evil?
August 2, 2014
His debut novel, Echo of the Boom, is a dystopian romp with Pynchonesque ambitions.In a New Novel, Apathetic Teenagers Usher in the Apocalypse
June 9, 2014
- an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia
Word Origin and History for dystopian
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- An abnormal position, as of an organ or a body part.malposition
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