[ sah-miz-daht; Russian suh-myiz-daht ]

  1. a clandestine publishing system within the Soviet Union, by which forbidden or unpublishable literature was reproduced and circulated privately.

  2. a work or periodical circulated by this system.

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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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

Origin of samizdat

C20: from Russian, literally: self-published

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