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

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Origin and Etymology of refusenik

partial translation of Russian otkaznik, from otkaz refusal

First Known Use: 1973

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