de-Stalinization

noun

de-Sta·​lin·​i·​za·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌstä-lə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce de-Stalinization (audio)
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: the discrediting of Stalin and his policies

Examples of de-Stalinization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the end of earlier totalitarian phases, Russia has traditionally reversed course: Alexander II’s Great Reforms of 1861, Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization of 1956, Gorbachev’s perestroika of 1985, Yeltsin’s reforms of 1992. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 First, the Soviet Union attempted a de-Stalinization process after the dictator’s death, in 1953. Eugene Rumer, Foreign Affairs, 9 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of de-Stalinization was in 1951

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“De-Stalinization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/de-Stalinization. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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