per·​e·​stroi·​ka | \ ˌper-ə-ˈstrȯi-kə How to pronounce perestroika (audio) \

Definition of perestroika

: the policy of economic and governmental reform instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union during the mid-1980s

Examples of perestroika in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether or not a new perestroika is dawning, Russia’s leaders must outgrow power politics and recognize that force can’t secure their position either at home or abroad. Konstantin Dobrynin, WSJ, "Russia’s Future Is Rapped in an Enigma," 14 Jan. 2019 The revelation of scandals so demeaning to the security establishment indicates an erosion of state power of the sort that preceded the last perestroika. Konstantin Dobrynin, WSJ, "Russia’s Future Is Rapped in an Enigma," 14 Jan. 2019 Rather than policing the boundaries of respectable opinion, which are much narrower than the actual debates taking place, Times could use an ideological perestroika: to truly open itself up the breadth of opinion in America. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Times’ Intellectual Diversity," 1 Mar. 2018 Democratization is out of the question: perestroika and glasnost are Putin’s nightmares. Leon Aron, National Review, "Vladimir Putin’s Wartime Presidency," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of perestroika

1986, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perestroika

Russian perestroĭka, literally, restructuring

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“Perestroika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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