Definitions for dystopiadɪsˈtoʊ pi ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dys•to•pi•adɪsˈtoʊ pi ə(n.)(pl.)-pi•as.

  1. an imaginary society in which social or technological trends have culminated in a greatly diminished quality of life or degradation of values.

    Category: Sociology

    Ref: Compare Utopia .

Origin of dystopia:

1865–70; dys - +(U)topia

dys•to′pi•an(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dystopia(noun)

    state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror

  2. dystopia(noun)

    a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror

Wiktionary

  1. dystopia(Noun)

    A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society.

  2. dystopia(Noun)

    A miserable, dysfunctional state or society that has a very poor standard of living.

  3. dystopia(Noun)

    Anatomical tissue that is not found in its usual place.

    The patient suffers from adrenal dystopia.

Freebase

  1. Dystopia

    A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. Such societies appear in many works of fiction, particularly in stories set in a speculative future. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Elements of dystopias may vary from environmental to political and social issues. Dystopian societies have culminated in a broad series of sub-genres of fiction and are often used to raise real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future. For this reason, dystopias have taken the form of a multitude of speculations, such as pollution, poverty, societal collapse, political repression, or totalitarianism. Famous depictions of dystopian societies include R.U.R., which introduces the term Robot and the modern Robot concept along with the first Androids due to being organic, and is the first elaborate depiction of a machine take-over; Nineteen Eighty-Four, a totalitarian invasive super state; Brave New World, where the human population is placed under a caste of psychological allocation; Fahrenheit 451, where the state burns books out of fear of what they may incite; The Hunger Games, a government that controls its people by maintaining a constant state of fear through fights to the death. The Iron Heel was described by Erich Fromm as "the earliest of the modern Dystopian".

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