Le·o·nid Il·yich [ley-uh-nid il-yich; Russian lyi-uh-nyeetee-lyeech], /ˈleɪ ə nɪd ˈɪl yɪtʃ; Russian lyɪ ʌˈnyit iˈlyitʃ/, 1906–82, Russian political leader: first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party 1964–66; general secretary 1966–82; president of the Soviet Union 1960–64, 1977–82.
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How to use Brezhnev in a sentence
There were, for example, a lot of jokes about Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Chernenko, and Andropov.Inside ‘Leviathan’: Russian Filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Award-Winning Anti-Putin Cannes Film | Richard Porton | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nobody remembers who presided over the 2008 Games in Beijing and only a few might recall Brezhnev in Moscow.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games. | Garry Kasparov | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am old enough to remember Brezhnev and the hierarchs of the Kremlin in the dissident era.
Assad is not Brezhnev, and frankly, the stakes are not nearly as great.
Alex Jones is a representative Second Amendment enthusiast in the same way that Leonid Brezhnev is an archetypal progressive.Piers Morgan’s Gun-Control Freak Show Rounds Up the Crazies | Michael Moynihan | January 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Leading the Soviet delegation were Brezhnev, general secretary of the Soviet party, and four other high-ranking officials.Area Handbook for Bulgaria | Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for Brezhnev
Leonid Ilyich (lɪaˈnit ˈilitʃ). 1906–82, Soviet statesman; president of the Soviet Union (1977–82); general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party (1964–82)
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