laogai

noun
lao·​gai | \ ˈlau̇-ˈgī How to pronounce laogai (audio) \
plural laogai

Definition of laogai

: the penal system of China consisting of a network of labor camps also : such a labor camp

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Instead, there is torture, a sham trial, and a gulag (called laogai). Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of laogai

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laogai

Chinese (Beijing) láogǎi reform through labor, short for láodòng gǎizào, from láodòng work, labor + gǎizào transform, reform

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