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 for cyberpunk
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cyberpunk
      n 1: a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to
           steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-
           terrorism [syn: hacker, cyber-terrorist, cyberpunk]
      2: a writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an
         oppressive society dominated by computer technology
      3: a genre of fast-paced science fiction involving oppressive
         futuristic computerized societies

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  cyberpunk
   /si:'ber?puhnk/, n.,adj.
  
      [orig. by SF writer Bruce Bethke and/or editor Gardner Dozois] A subgenre
      of SF launched in 1982 by William Gibson's epoch-making novel Neuromancer
      (though its roots go back through Vernor Vinge's True Names (see the
      Bibliography in Appendix C) to John Brunner's 1975 novel The Shockwave
      Rider). Gibson's near-total ignorance of computers and the present-day
      hacker culture enabled him to speculate about the role of computers and
      hackers in the future in ways hackers have since found both irritatingly
      na?ve and tremendously stimulating. Gibson's work was widely imitated, in
      particular by the short-lived but innovative Max Headroom TV series. See {
      cyberspace, ice, jack in, go flatline.
  
      Since 1990 or so, popular culture has included a movement or fashion trend
      that calls itself ?cyberpunk?, associated especially with the rave/techno
      subculture. Hackers have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand,
      self-described cyberpunks too often seem to be shallow trendoids in black
      leather who have substituted enthusiastic blathering about technology for
      actually learning and doing it. Attitude is no substitute for competence.
      On the other hand, at least cyberpunks are excited about the right things
      and properly respectful of hacking talent in those who have it. The general
      consensus is to tolerate them politely in hopes that they'll attract people
      who grow into being true hackers.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  cyberpunk
  
     /si:'ber-puhnk/ (Originally coined by SF writer Bruce Bethke
     and/or editor Gardner Dozois) A subgenre of SF launched in
     1982 by William Gibson's epoch-making novel "Neuromancer"
     (though its roots go back through Vernor Vinge's "True Names"
     to John Brunner's 1975 novel "The Shockwave Rider").  Gibson's
     near-total ignorance of computers and the present-day hacker
     culture enabled him to speculate about the role of computers
     and hackers in the future in ways hackers have since found
     both irritatingly na"ive and tremendously stimulating.
     Gibson's work was widely imitated, in particular by the
     short-lived but innovative "Max Headroom" TV series.  See
     cyberspace, ice, jack in, go flatline.
  
     Since 1990 or so, popular culture has included a movement or
     fashion trend that calls itself "cyberpunk", associated
     especially with the rave/techno subculture.  Hackers have
     mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, self-described
     cyberpunks too often seem to be shallow trendoids in black
     leather who have substituted enthusiastic blathering about
     technology for actually learning and *doing* it.  Attitude is
     no substitute for competence.  On the other hand, at least
     cyberpunks are excited about the right things and properly
     respectful of hacking talent in those who have it.  The
     general consensus is to tolerate them politely in hopes that
     they'll attract people who grow into being true hackers.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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