Defined:  Dystopia – 1: an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives 2: anti-utopia NOUN Dystopian ADJECTIVE

Origin of DYSTOPIA New Latin, from dys- + -topia (as in utopia) First Known Use: circa 1950 (Merriam-Webster.com)

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Dictionary Definitions:

1. Of or relating to a dystopia.
2. Dire; grim: “AIDS is one of the dystopian harbingers of the global village” (Susan Sontag).
(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.)

Perhaps not as imaginary as all that.  Pick a country, any country.  Paradoxically, some of those countries often portray themselves as utopian in design.  Both terms represent absolute points on either end of the spectrum of societal living.

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Variant of dystopia


a hypothetical place, society, or situation in which conditions and the quality of life are dreadful
a novel or other work depicting a dystopian society or place

(Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.  Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)


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