or re·fus·nik

[ ri-fyooz-nik ]
/ rɪˈfyuz nɪk /

noun Informal.

a Soviet citizen, usually Jewish, who was denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union.


How Hip Is Your Lingo? Take Our Slang Quiz!
If you aren’t already skilled in slang, then this quiz can get you up to speed in no time!
Question 1 of 11
OK Boomer can be perceived as pejorative, but it is mostly considered to be _____

Origin of refusenik

1970–75; refuse1 + -nik, perhaps translation of Russian otkáznik (unless the Russ word is itself a translation of refusenik) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for refusenik

British Dictionary definitions for refusenik



/ (rɪˈfjuːznɪk) /


(formerly) a Jew in the Soviet Union who had been refused permission to emigrate
a person who refuses to cooperate with a system or comply with a law because of a moral conviction

Word Origin for refusenik

C20: from refuse 1 + -nik
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012