refusenik


re·fuse·nik

noun \ri-ˈfyüz-(ˌ)nik\

Definition of REFUSENIK

1
:  a Soviet citizen and especially a Jew refused permission to emigrate
2
:  a person who refuses or declines something

Variants of REFUSENIK

re·fuse·nik also re·fus·nik \ri-ˈfyüz-(ˌ)nik\

Origin of REFUSENIK

part translation of Russian otkaznik, from otkaz refusal
First Known Use: 1974

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: refusible
Previous Word in the Dictionary: refuse (adjective)
All Words Near: refusenik

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up refusenik? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More