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: an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives
: anti-utopia sense 2
writing a dystopia
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circa 1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1
New Latin, from dys- + -topia (as in utopia)
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: an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly
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