Samizdat meaning

sämĭz-dät, sə-myĭz-dät
An underground press.
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A system by which manuscripts denied official publication in the Soviet Union were circulated clandestinely as in typescript or in mimeograph form, or were smuggled out for publication abroad.
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Manuscripts distributed in this way.
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(uncountable, often) The secret copying and sharing of illegal publications, chiefly in the Soviet Union; underground publishing and its publications.
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(countable) A samizdat publication.
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Origin of samizdat

  • Russian sam self sem-1 in Indo-European roots izdatel'stvo publishing house (from izdat' to publish) (on the model of Gosizdat State Publishing House) (iz from, out of eghs in Indo-European roots) (dat' to give dō- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1967, From Russian самиздат (samizdát, “self-publishing"), from сам (sam, “self") + издат (izdát), abbrev. of издательство (izdátel'stvo, “publishing house"). Compare Russian Госиздат (Gosizdát, “State Publisher").

    From Wiktionary