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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Soviet citizen, usually Jewish, denied permission to emigrate.

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  • n. One of the Jewish citizens of the former Soviet Union who were refused permission to emigrate.
  • n. A person characterized by a particular refusal (especially one related to human rights.)

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  • *looking at hat and socks*

    March 27, 2008

  • "Many of the most interesting people I've known have been one-offs. Oddities. Refuseniks. More quirky than communal. Dissidents. Loners. And, of course, it takes so little to be an oddity. A non-conforming belief, a funny hat or odd socks suffice."
    - Phillip Adams in The Weekend Australian Magazine, 2 Feb 2008.

    March 27, 2008