[ glaz-nost, glahz‐; Russian glahs-nuh st ]
/ ˈglæz nɒst, ˈglɑz‐; Russian ˈglɑs nəst /


the declared public policy within the Soviet Union of openly and frankly discussing economic and political realities: initiated under Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985.

Origin of glasnost

First recorded in 1980–85, glasnost is from the Russian word glásnost' literally, publicity (taken to mean openness) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glasnost


/ (ˈɡlæsˌnɒst) /


the policy of public frankness and accountability developed in the former Soviet Union under the leadership of Mikhail gorbachev

Word Origin for glasnost

C20: Russian, literally: openness
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Culture definitions for glasnost


[ (glahs-nuhst, glas-nost, glaz-nost) ]

A Russian word meaning “openness,” which describes the policy of Mikhail Gorbachev, premier of the former Soviet Union. The term refers to a general loosening of government control on all aspects of life in the Soviet Union, even to the point of permitting criticism of government policies.

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