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dystopia

the reverse of UTOPIA, a possible or imaginary social place which is the worst of possible worlds.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000

Dystopia

Eagerness (See ZEAL.)
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley’s grim picture of the future, where scientific and social developments have turned life into a tragic travesty. [Br. Lit.: Magill I, 79]
Erewhon
inhabitants worship superficiality, unreason, inconsistency, and evasion: a lampoon of 19th-century society. [Br. Lit.: Erewhon in Haydn & Fuller, 239]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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