refusenik definition by Webster's New World
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a Soviet citizen, esp. a Jew, refused permission to emigrate
also sp. refusnik
Origin: calque of Russian otkaznik ; from otkaz, refusal
refusenik definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A Soviet citizen, usually Jewish, denied permission to emigrate.