dystopia

noun
dys·​to·​pia | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtō-pē-ə How to pronounce dystopia (audio) \

Definition of dystopia

1 : an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives There's almost a flavor of science fiction to the scenes Chilson describes, as though he were giving us a glimpse into a 21st-century dystopia of mad egoism and hurtling hulks of metal.— Adam Goodheart Over the course of the movie, the late-60's ideal of togetherness turns into a dystopia of violence, revulsion and finally death.— John Leland
2 : anti-utopia sense 2 writing a dystopia … leaping across the century to the 1990's to attempt a dystopia about the disintegration of Australian democracy into startling, irreversible despotism.— Pearl K. Bell

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Its dystopia is perfectly plausible, a deft rendition of the problems panting against our present. Wired, "WIRED's 13 Must-Read Books for Fall," 12 Sep. 2019 This darker view calls for dealing with the issues existing in this dystopia rather than offering policies in hope of averting them. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Is Andrew Yang ready for prime time?," 11 Sep. 2019 The dystopia predicted in the late 2010s, of widespread technological unemployment, has not come to pass. The Economist, "A different dystopia: July 2030," 6 July 2019 At least China is honest about its surveillance dystopia. David Carroll, Quartz, "China embraces its surveillance state. The US pretends it doesn’t have one," 23 July 2019 Over the past year, two new novels have come out that attempt to follow in The Handmaid’s Tale’s footsteps and position themselves as the feminist dystopias of the Trump era. Constance Grady, Vox, "How 3 feminist dystopias are trying to update The Handmaid’s Tale for today," 29 Aug. 2018 The Passengers, a new novel from author John Marrs which was released Aug. 27 in the US, takes that dystopia a step further. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartzy, "A new thriller novel offers up twisted scenarios of the tech revolution gone wrong," 28 Aug. 2019 Mr Song suggests that, by contrast, Chinese sci-fi makes a dystopia out of the act of discovery itself, often presenting the truth as not worth knowing, or not worth the risk. The Economist, "China’s grand, gloomy sci-fi is going global," 22 June 2019 Collins set the Hunger Games books in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television. Hillel Italie, Dallas News, "'Hunger Games' prequel novel coming in 2020," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of dystopia

circa 1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dystopia

dys- + -topia (in utopia)

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dystopia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dystopia

: an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly

dystopia

noun
dys·​to·​pia | \ dis-ˈtō-pē-ə How to pronounce dystopia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dystopia

: malposition of an anatomical part

Other Words from dystopia

dystopic \ -​ˈtō-​pik How to pronounce dystopic (audio) , -​ˈtäp-​ik How to pronounce dystopic (audio) \ adjective

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