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

Nearby words

  1. dystocia,
  2. dystonia,
  3. dystonia musculorum deformans,
  4. dystonic,
  5. dystonic reaction,
  6. dystrophia unguium,
  7. dystrophic,
  8. dystrophic calcification,
  9. dystrophication,
  10. dystrophin

Compare Utopia.

Origin of dystopia

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

Related formsdys·to·pi·an, adjectivedys·to·pi·an·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dystopianism



an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
Derived Formsdystopian, adjective, noun

Word Origin for dystopia

C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia

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Word Origin and History for dystopianism



"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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Medicine definitions for dystopianism




An abnormal position, as of an organ or a body part.malposition
Related formsdys•topic (-tŏpĭk) adj.

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