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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).]


(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]


(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]


A Russian word meaning self-published, used to describe texts that are published clandestinely.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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