Definition of dystopian in US English:

dystopian

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

    ‘the dystopian future of a society bereft of reason’
    ‘the utopian dream that became a dystopian nightmare’
    • ‘Like the novel, it portrays Gilead, a dystopian society not too far in the future.’
    • ‘Now seems an apt time to stage George Orwell's dystopian novel about the corruption of language.’
    • ‘What's off the mark about his dystopian predictions is that his narrator is saying these things, as opposed to merely thinking them.’
    • ‘Both McLuhan's and Marcuse's dissection of modern technology is neither dystopian nor pessimistic.’
    • ‘These 1960s science-fiction films were aimed at a critical adult audience and were categorized as dystopian and post-holocaust.’
    • ‘The novel conjures up a lawless dystopian world of youth violence and institutional mind-manipulation.’
    • ‘For his dystopian vision of the future, George Orwell chose the year 1984.’
    • ‘Not all of his admirers were fully aware of the satirical or dystopian aspects of his work, however.’
    • ‘Neither do I agree with the even more dystopian picture of entire nation states now under threat from the new terrorist activities.’
    • ‘Blackly funny and chillingly dystopian, Battle Royale has been having quite a resurgence recently.’

noun

  • A person who advocates or describes an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad.

    ‘a lot of things those dystopians feared did not come true’
    • ‘This nostalgic embrace of primitiveness leads dystopians to interpret every technological advance as another step toward an ultimately dehumanized existence.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that the two greatest literary dystopians, Huxley and Orwell, were English.’
    • ‘I am not a dystopian who thinks that making some efforts to make tools for slaughtering large numbers of people inaccessible to maniacs will transform America into Amerika.’
    • ‘For some dystopians, new technology is a source of control.’
    • ‘Dystopians, in contradistinction to utopians, believe that technology is more regressive than progressive, more a force for evil than good.’
    • ‘Yet, this technological naivety finally does not matter, for the dystopians' purpose is moral and political.’
    • ‘I'm not an Internet utopian, but I'm not an Internet dystopian either.’
    • ‘British dystopian Watkins prophesizes in his film that protestors and lefties are arrested, tried, and surreptitiously executed in the desert.’

Pronunciation

dystopian

/disˈtōpēən/