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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.
[Russian : sam, self; see sem- in Indo-European roots + izdatel'stvo, publishing house (from izdat', to publish, on the model of Gosizdat, State Publishing House : iz, from, out of; see eghs in Indo-European roots + dat', to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots).]
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(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]
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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]
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A Russian word meaning self-published, used to describe texts that are published clandestinely.
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samizdat[səmizˈdat] N → samizdat m
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