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refusenik

noun re·fuse·nik \ri-ˈfyüz-(ˌ)nik\

Definition of refusenik

  1. 1 :  a Soviet citizen and especially a Jew refused permission to emigrate

  2. 2 :  a person who refuses or declines something



Variants of refusenik

also refusnik play \ri-ˈfyüz-(ˌ)nik\

Origin of refusenik

part translation of Russian otkaznik, from otkaz refusal


First Known Use: 1974


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