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dys·to·pi·a

 (dĭs-tō′pē-ə)
n.
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).

dystopia

(dɪsˈtəʊpɪə)
n
(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.
[1865–70; dys- + (U)topia]
dys•to′pi•an, adj.

dystopia

an imaginary place where the conditions and quality of life are unpleasant. The opposite of Utopia.
See also: Utopia
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Translations
DystopieGegenutopieMätopieAnti-Utopie
dystopia
distopia

dystopia

nDystopie f
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