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 (sä′mĭz-dät′, sə-myĭz-dät′)
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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(Russian səmizˈdat)
(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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(ˈsɑ mɪzˌdɑt)

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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Noun1.samizdat - a system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature
print media - a medium that disseminates printed matter
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[səmizˈdat] Nsamizdat m
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Accounts of secret police interrogations, Mass celebrated without vestments in cellars, and samizdat publications are neither rosy nor too bleak.
However, the Clinton Machine would prefer Trump to Sanders in the White House, and a 'samizdat' (underground) conversation is being fuelled by Clinton operatives to try and paint Bernie Sanders as being both unaware as well as unresponsive to African-American as well as Latino concerns, a move that has apparently come to the attention of those around the Vermont Senator.
In light of today's crisis of democracy, we would do well to revisit Vaclav Havel's seminal 1978 essay 'The Power of the Powerless.' First published as samizdat that was smuggled out of Czechoslovakia, the essay makes a simple but compelling argument.
The older generation is represented also by poet Hrytsko Chubai; active in the samizdat underground, many of his poems became popular only posthumously, when set to music and performed by his son: "let the silvery bass carved out of the moon / run before you / lighting the water's way ...II won't follow at Your heels / I'll shut my eyes like falling leaves / I will not see / when the tracks' leaves fall / from the time-worn branches of the paths."
The Big Green Tent also circles around the cult and business of the forbidden book, the complementary phenomena of samizdat (self-publishing) and tamizdat (publishing abroad) launched by the Italian publication of Doctor Zhivago in 1957.
10 Leela; 9 Mormons; The 8 Samizdat; 7 Enterprise; Free of Herald The 6 Achilles; 5 Nights; One And Thousand AOf Book The 4 France; 3 Obtuse; 2 Russia; and Austria 1 ANSWERS:
Friederike Kind-Kovacs and Jessie Labov, Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond: Transnational Media during and after Socialism.
As a part of a mutually agreed upon court settlement of a defamation of character lawsuit, blogger David Jenkins has apologized to Bishop Michael Bird of the diocese of Niagara "for any suffering he has experienced as a result of blog postings" on his blog, Anglican Samizdat.
Marra's novel, however, is how much human warmth and comedy he smuggles, like samizdat, into his busy story.
Samizdat, tamizdat, and beyond; transnational media during and after socialism.