from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.
- n. A work describing such a place or state: "dystopias such as Brave New World” ( Times Literary Supplement).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society.
- n. A miserable, dysfunctional state or society that has a very poor standard of living.
- n. Anatomical tissue that is not found in its usual place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Malposition; dislocation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror
- n. a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror
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