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samizdat

[sah-miz-daht; Russian suh-myiz-daht] /ˈsɑ mɪzˌdɑt; Russian sə myɪzˈdɑt/
noun
1.
a clandestine publishing system within the Soviet Union, by which forbidden or unpublishable literature was reproduced and circulated privately.
2.
a work or periodical circulated by this system.
Origin of samizdat
1965-1970
1965-70; < Russian samizdát, equivalent to sam(o)- self- + izdát(el'stvo) publishing agency; coined as a jocular allusion to the compound names of official Soviet publishing organs, e.g., Gosizdát for Gosudárstvennoe izdátel'stvo State Publishing House
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British Dictionary definitions for samizdat

samizdat

/Russian səmizˈdat/
noun (in the former Soviet Union)
1.
  1. a system of clandestine printing and distribution of banned or dissident literature
  2. (as modifier): a samizdat publication
Word Origin
C20: from Russian, literally: self-published
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Word Origin and History for samizdat
n.

"illegal and clandestine copying and sharing of literature," 1967, from Russian samizdat, literally "self-publishing," from sam "self" (see same) + izdatel'stvo "publishing" (from iz "from, out of," from PIE *eghs; see ex-; + dat' "to give," from PIE *do-; see date (n.1)). Said to be a word-play on Gosizdat, the former state publishing house of the U.S.S.R. One who took part in it was a samizdatchik (plural samizdatchiki).

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