refusenik

play
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

less commonly

refusnik

Origin and Etymology of refusenik

part translation of Russian otkaznik, from otkaz refusal


First Known Use: 1974


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or resembling a fox

Get Word of the Day daily email!