[ sah-miz-daht; Russian suh-myiz-daht ]
/ ˈsɑ mɪzˌdɑt; Russian sə myɪzˈdɑt /
a clandestine publishing system within the Soviet Union, by which forbidden or unpublishable literature was reproduced and circulated privately.
a work or periodical circulated by this system.
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Origin of samizdat
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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The bigger the market – the more pressure is applied to clamp down on the samizdat entrepreneurs.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for samizdat
/ (Russian səmizˈdat) /
noun (in the former Soviet Union)
- a system of clandestine printing and distribution of banned or dissident literature
- (as modifier)a samizdat publication
Word Origin for samizdat
C20: from Russian, literally: self-published
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