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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But the flipside of utopia, dystopia, has also been a fertile undercurrent of modernity.
▪ But the narrative of the afterlife is so fully developed it seems to be Self's surreal dystopia of urban alienation.
▪ Utopias are goals to be reached and dystopias goals to be avoided.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. 1 A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society. 2 A miserable, dysfunctional state or society that has a very poor standard of living. 3 (context medicine English) Anatomical tissue that is not found in its usual place.

  1. n. state in which the condition of life is extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror [ant: utopia]

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

Dystopia (band)

Dystopia was an experimental sludge metal and crust punk band that formed in Oakland, California in 1991. Dystopia was popular in both the heavy metal and crust punk scenes, due in large part to the band's bleak, misanthropic imagery. Dystopia's lyrics often dealt with human emotions and social or political issues such as environmentalism, racial equality, substance abuse, and animal rights.

Dystopia (video game)

Dystopia is a team-based, objective-driven, first-person shooter video game, developed as a total conversion modification on the Valve Corporation's proprietary Source engine. It is based on the cyberpunk literary (and aesthetic) genre; somewhat based on popular role-playing game Shadowrun, created by an amateur development team and released to the public for free. Its first playable build was released on September 9, 2005, after a year of planning and nine months of development. The first full version of Dystopia, Version 1, was released after 3 years of development on February 25, 2007. The latest version of Dystopia, version 1.4, was released on December 11, 2013, as a direct download from Steam, utilizing Valve's Steamworks framework.

Dystopia has been received positively from critics, with praise being given for its graphical quality, unique meatspace/cyberspace gameplay, overall polish and its representation of cyberspace. Criticisms of Dystopia were aimed at how inaccessible the game is at first, and its learning curve. The game has won several awards, including Best Mod for Half-Life 2 from the Independent Games Festival's Modding Competition.

Dystopia (disambiguation)

A dystopia is a community or society that is in some important way undesirable or frightening.

Dystopia may also refer to:

Dystopia (Babes in Toyland album)

Dystopia is a compilation album consisting of earlier albums, Spanking Machine, To Mother, and the Handsome and Gretel Single recorded by Babes in Toyland. It was released in 1994 by Insipid Records.

Dystopia (Midnight Juggernauts album)

Dystopia is the debut album by Australian electronic band Midnight Juggernauts, released in August 2007 by record label Siberia.

Dystopia (Dystopia album)

Dystopia is the third and final LP by sludge metal/ crust punk band Dystopia. It was recorded in 2004-2005 and was released in early 2008.

Dystopia (Beneath the Massacre album)

Dystopia is the second studio album by Canadian deathcore band Beneath the Massacre. It was released on October 28, 2008 through Prosthetic Records.

The song "Never More" is a re-recorded version of the track of the same name found on their first EP, Evidence of Inequity.

Dystopia (Iced Earth song)

"Dystopia" is a heavy metal song by American band Iced Earth. It is the title-track and first song of the bands album by the same name. On October 6, the song was made available for streaming on Revolver magazine's official website. It was the opening song on every date on the band's Dystopia World Tour.


A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as "not-good place", an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his most well-known work, "Utopia." "Utopia" is the blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty. Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology, which if unaddressed could potentially lead to such a dystopia-like condition.

Dystopia (Iced Earth album)

Dystopia is the tenth studio album by American heavy metal band Iced Earth. Released on October 17, 2011, it was the band's first album to feature vocalist Stu Block, who joined after previous vocalist Matt Barlow left the band. Dystopia was also the last Iced Earth studio album to feature bassist Freddie Vidales and drummer Brent Smedley until his return in 2015.

The album was recorded during the summer of 2011 at Morrisound Recording, with co-producer Jim Morris. While not a concept album, many of the album's songs are inspired by dystopian themes and films, very much like the group's 2001 album Horror Show, which was largely inspired by horror films and other similar subjects. Two songs off of Dystopia (the title track and "Tragedy and Triumph") feature the return of rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer's Something Wicked concept, which has appeared on many of the band's previous albums.

During its first week, the album sold over 6,000 copies in the United States and charted in eight countries, including Germany, Finland and the UK. The album was met with a very positive response, with some critics calling it one of Iced Earth's best albums. Many also praised Stu Block's performance and wide vocal range. Dystopia was followed by an extensive world tour which included dates in countries that Iced Earth had never played before, including Cyprus, China and Australia.

Dystopia (Megadeth album)

Dystopia is the fifteenth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released on frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine's Tradecraft label via Universal on January 22, 2016. The album was produced by Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw and features cover artwork by Brent Elliot White.

Prior to Dystopia's recording, longtime drummer Shawn Drover (drums) and guitarist Chris Broderick announced their departure form the band. It is the first album by the band since 2004's The System Has Failed not to feature the former, and the first not to feature the latter since 2007's United Abominations. These roles have been filled by Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro, respectively.

Following the lukewarm response to the band's previous album, 2013's Super Collider, Dystopia received largely favorable reaction from critics, being considered a return to form for the band. The album holds a Metacritic score of 69/100 as of August 2016. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, making Dystopia the band's second highest charting album in the U.S. after Countdown to Extinction, which peaked at number two in 1992.

Usage examples of "dystopia".

But can there be dystopias today with science and technology advancing as they do?

My futuristic dystopias could perhaps be more correctly classified as nightmares, but it was the more lighthearted contemporary fantasy, the kid stuff, that had made me a household name.

After World War II, deluged by stories about atomic war and post-nuclear dystopias, Campbell announced that atomic bombs and space flight had been used up as topics, and writers needed to turn to something new.

Clements was treating the policewoman to one of his lectures, waving his hands as he pontificated on change and decay, Utopias and Dystopias, past glory and contemporary decadence.

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