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a. The secret publication and distribution of government-banned literature in the former Soviet Union.
b. The literature produced by this system.
2. An underground press.
(in the former Soviet Union) n
(Journalism & Publishing)
a. a system of clandestine printing and distribution of banned or dissident literature
b. (as modifier): a samizdat publication.
[C20: from Russian, literally: self-published]
1. (formerly) a clandestine publishing system in a communist country by which forbidden or unpublishable literature was reproduced and circulated privately.
2. a work or periodical circulated by this system.
[1965–70; < Russian samizdát=sam(o)- self- + izdát(el'stvo) publishing agency]
A Russian word meaning self-published, used to describe texts that are published clandestinely.