[dis-toh-pee-uh] /dɪsˈtoʊ pi ə/

a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it can be

“imaginary bad place,” 1868, apparently coined by J.S. Mill (“Hansard Commons”), from Greek dys- “bad, abnormal, difficult” (see dys-) + utopia. Related: Dystopian.

dystopia dys·to·pi·a (dĭs-tō’pē-ə)
An abnormal position, as of an organ or a body part. Also called malposition.
dys·top’ic (-tŏp’ĭk) adj.


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