dystopia

noun /ˈdɪsˌtəʊpɪiə/
a) A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society

The patient suffers from adrenal dystopia.

b) State in which the condition of life is extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror
Syn: cacotopia, kakotopia, anti-utopia

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