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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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In 1970, along with 14 other refuseniks, they planned to steal a plane in Leningrad and, under the guise of a wedding trip, escape across the Soviet border to freedom.
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It provides valuable information about the actions and views of many of the better known refuseniks in the Soviet Union and of some of the key grass roots Soviet Jewry movement activists in the United States.
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