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1. A usually Jewish citizen of the Soviet Union who was denied permission to emigrate.
2. Informal A person who refuses to do something.


(rɪˈfjuːznɪk) or


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly) a Jew in the Soviet Union who had been refused permission to emigrate
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who refuses to cooperate with a system or comply with a law because of a moral conviction
3. (Law) a person who refuses to cooperate with a system or comply with a law because of a moral conviction
[C20: from refuse1 + -nik]


(rɪˈfyuz nɪk)

(formerly) a Soviet citizen, usu. Jewish, who was denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union.
[1970–75; partial translation of Russian otkáznik; see -nik]


[rɪˈfjuːznɪk] Nrefusenik mf


[rɪˈfjuːznɪk] nrefuznik mf


n (inf)Verweigerer(in) m(f)
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