Dystopia meaning

dĭs-tōpē-ə
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A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society.
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An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.
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A miserable, dysfunctional state or society that has a very poor standard of living.
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A hypothetical place, society, or situation in which conditions and the quality of life are dreadful.
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A work describing such a place or state.
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The definition of a dystopia is an imaginary place where the state of being is very bad or oppressive, the opposite of a utopia.

An example of a dystopia is the world imagined in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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A novel or other work depicting a dystopian society or place.
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(medicine) Anatomical tissue that is not found in its usual place.

The patient suffers from adrenal dystopia.

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Origin of dystopia

  • dys– (u)topia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined from Ancient Greek δυσ- (dus, “bad”) + τόπος (topos, “place, region”) on model of dys- +‎ utopia (retaining stem, removing u- prefix).

    From Wiktionary