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Syllabification: dys·to·pi·a
Pronunciation: /disˈtōpēə

Definition of dystopia in English:


An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. Compare with utopia.
Example sentences
  • It's extremely difficult to imagine a realistic dystopia because we're so tempted to create a caricature.
  • Orwell's genius was to take the theme of a totalitarian dystopia to the max.
  • It is hardly surprising that a century of utopian dreams and coercive social engineering to achieve them should have been a century rich in imaginative dystopias.


late 18th century: from dys- 'bad' + utopia.



(also dystopic) adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • In Lee's dystopian vision of the world of entertainment, television is all-powerful and all-corrupting.
  • The 20th Century's three great dystopians - Zamiatin, Huxley, and Orwell - imagined politically nightmarish futures.
  • Anything but subtle, it is set in a dystopian Scotland of the future and follows a desperate man trying to raise £50 or face having his family's oxygen supply cut off.

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