“Utopian” describes a society that’s conceived to be perfect. Dystopian is the exact opposite — it describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible.

George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” for example, describes a dystopian society in which Napoleon, a pig, represents Joseph Stalin in a farmyard satire on Stalinist Russia and how power corrupts. Other famous dystopian authors include Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ray Bradbury. The adjective dystopian describes anything that pertains to or resembles a society such as those described in this sort of literature.

Definitions of dystopian
  1. adjective

    of or pertaining to or resembling a dystopia

  2. adjective

    as bad as can be; characterized by human misery

    “”AIDS is one of the
    dystopian harbingers of the global villages”- Susan Sontag”
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    characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection

    being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
    Laputan, airy, impractical, visionary, windy

    not practical or realizable; speculative
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