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1. Of or relating to a dystopia.
2. Dire; grim: "AIDS is one of the dystopian harbingers of the global village" (Susan Sontag).
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Adj.1.dystopian - of or pertaining to or resembling a dystopia
2.dystopian - as bad as can be; characterized by human misery; "AIDS is one of the dystopian harbingers of the global villages"- Susan Sontag
utopian - characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection; "the dim utopian future"; "utopian idealists"; "recognized the utopian nature of his hopes"
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