cyberpunk

noun cy·ber·punk \ ˈsī-bər-ˌpəŋk \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of cyberpunk

1 : science fiction dealing with future urban societies dominated by computer technology
2 : an opportunistic computer hacker

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Examples of cyberpunk in a Sentence

  1. the bank had to overhaul its online banking system after a cyberpunk broke into the accounts of thousands of customers

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cyberpunk and Literature

In science fiction circles, "cyberpunk" is a genre that often features countercultural antiheroes trapped in a dehumanizing high-tech future. Its roots extend back to the technical fiction of the 1940s and '50s, but it was years before it matured. The word cyberpunk was coined by writer Bruce Bethke, who wrote a story with that title in 1980. He created the term by combining "cybernetics," the science of replacing human functions with computerized ones, and "punk," the raucous music and nihilistic sensibility that became a youth culture in the 1970s and '80s. Not until the 1984 publication of William Gibson's novel, Neuromancer, however, did "cyberpunk" really take off as a term or a genre.

First Known Use of cyberpunk

1983

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CYBERPUNK Defined for English Language Learners

cyberpunk

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Definition of cyberpunk for English Language Learners

  • : stories about future societies that are controlled by computer technology



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