American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A prosperous landed peasant in czarist Russia, characterized by the Communists during the October Revolution as an exploiter.
- 1877. From Russian кулак (kulák, "fist; tight-fisted person"), from Turkic. Compare also Russian раскулачивание (raskuláčivanie, "dekulakization"), подкулачник (podkuláčnik, "subkulak"). (Wiktionary)
- Russian, fist, kulak, probably of Turkic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To try to persuade some of them to come back would make economic sense, but hardly accords with the prevailing ideology, which inveighs against a "kulak" or "comprador" class, be it black or white.”
“In the 1920s and 30s, sheeplike Western travelers in Stalinist Russia had accepted its category of "kulak," or rich peasant, to describe a peasant who owned a pig or a cow and was therefore a class enemy deserving the supreme penalty.”
“Taxation collected from the profitable private light industries and kulak run farms funded the state sponsored growth of heavy industry.”
“Like Ayers, who believed that socialism could be imposed on America with no more than 25% of the kulak types being exterminated.”
“For example, my own family consists of a former kulak, a member of intelligentsia, gulag prisoner, a navy officer, and a communist state official.”
“Tenor Michael König acquits himself well as Katerina's mercurial lover Serguéi, and Ludovít Ludha, in the role of Katerina's abusive stepfather Boris, summons that notorious Shostakovian enigma as authoritarian kulak and bumbling sexual predator.”
“Going on their air on a regular basis and lending your name and reputation to their ideological razzle-dazzle is like agreeing to be the regular kulak guest columnist at Pravda in 1929.”
“The insurrection of five kulak districts should be pitilessly suppressed.”
“Kalashnikov, had been declared a kulak, and exiled as an enemy of the people, when the sergeant was an eleven-year-old boy.”
“A group of men drove farm animals seized from several kulak families into their yard and hacked the animals to death with axes.”
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