An example of a dystopia is the world imagined in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
- a hypothetical place, society, or situation in which conditions and the quality of life are dreadful
- a novel or other work depicting a dystopian society or place
Origin of dystopiadys- + (U)topia
- An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.
- A work describing such a place or state: “dystopias such as Brave New World” ( Times Literary Supplement )
Origin of dystopiadys- (u)topia
Coined from Ancient Greek δυσ- (dus, “bad”) + τόπος (topos, “place, region”) on model of dys- + utopia (retaining stem, removing u- prefix).