or de·sta·lin·i·za·tion

[ dee-stah-luh-nuh-zey-shuh n, -stal-uh- ]
/ diˌstɑ lə nəˈzeɪ ʃən, -ˌstæl ə- /


the policy, pursued in most Communist areas and among most Communist groups after 1956, of eradicating the memory or influence of Stalin and Stalinism, as by alteration of governmental policies or the elimination of monuments, place names, etc., named for Stalin.

Origin of de-Stalinization

First recorded in 1955–60; de-Stalinize + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for de-stalinization



/ (diːˌstɑːlɪnaɪˈzeɪʃən) /


the elimination of the influence of Stalin
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Culture definitions for de-stalinization


[ (dee-stah-luh-nuh-zay-shuhn) ]

An effort after the death of the Soviet premier Joseph Stalin to soften some of the repressive measures used by his government. Premier Nikita Khrushchev was a leader in the de-Stalinization movement, which involved the downgrading of Stalin's reputation.

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