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1. An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.
2. A work describing such a place or state: "dystopias such as Brave New World" (Times Literary Supplement).
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be
[C19 (coined by John Stuart Mill): from dys- + Utopia]
dysˈtopian adj, n
dys•to•pi•a(dɪsˈtoʊ pi ə)
n., pl. -pi•as.
an imaginary society in which social or technological trends have culminated in a greatly diminished quality of life or degradation of values. Compare Utopia.
an imaginary place where the conditions and quality of life are unpleasant. The opposite of Utopia.See also: Utopia
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|Noun||1.||dystopia - state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror|
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
utopia - ideally perfect state; especially in its social and political and moral aspects
|2.||dystopia - a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror|
fiction - a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
n → Dystopie f