re·​fuse·​nik | \ ri-ˈfyüz-(ˌ)nik How to pronounce refusenik (audio) \
variants: or less commonly refusnik

Definition of refusenik

1 : a Soviet citizen and especially a Jew refused permission to emigrate
2 : a person who refuses or declines something

Examples of refusenik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Facebook’s ranking in the Apple App Store went up after #deletefacebook went viral, probably from refusenik poseurs reinstalling the app after deleting it. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Plays the Scapegoat for Our Facebook Sins," 17 Apr. 2018 Once upon a time, Melsor Katzenelenbogen was a celebrated Moscow poet and Soviet-Jewish refusenik. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Château': Florida condominium conflict satirizes Trump’s America," 9 Feb. 2018 What if everything had the humility of the technological refusenik, without giving up on the power of technology in the process? Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Computers Should Be Hidden," 25 Oct. 2017 The point was to highlight, with great pride, the various ways the Passover story has been culturally expropriated by everything from the American founding and the Civil War to the 1960s civil-rights marchers and the Russian refusenik movement. Lou Weiss, WSJ, "Tubman Beats Jackson on the $20 Bill," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of refusenik

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for refusenik

partial translation of Russian otkaznik, from otkaz refusal

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