American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The secret publication and distribution of government-banned literature in the former Soviet Union.
- n. The literature produced by this system.
- n. An underground press.
- n. uncountable The secret copying and sharing of illegal publications, chiefly in the Soviet Union; underground publishing and its publications.
- n. countable A samizdat publication.
- n. a system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Russian : sam, self; see 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; see eghs in Indo-European roots + dat', to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But of more interest is Hurree's desription of his own, cherished edition of the poem: "For years, like most of my generation, I'd been reading Kolatkar's classic poem-cycle in samizdat form — some of us had copies that had been xeroxed so often that Kolatkar's words assumed ghostly form on the page, some had painstakingly typed (yes, typed, as in on a manual typewriter) copies of the book with corrections made in violet ink.”
“For years, it circulated in samizdat on college campuses," wrote Owen, who told me that his profile of Meyer itself circulated in samizdat for five years, until a new editor came across it.”
“I should also point out right away that the comparison of these new tech-savvy professional activists to the Soviet-era "samizdat" -- so beloved by many analysts of new media's impact on politics and society -- is not really accurate.”
“Others were passed on, from one to the next, the first instances of the hand to hand publication we later called samizdat.”
“Previously we have called samizdat everything that has been issued illegaly due to censorship reason.”
“An underground dissident literature, known as samizdat, developed during this late period.”
“Either my writings had become part of the underground circulation called samizdat, or they'd been pulled out of my hypothetical KGB file.”
“This definition somewhat implies that "samizdat" meant Solzhenitsyn.”
“Phillip Hallam-Baker, of VeriSign Inc., points out the "samizdat" circulation of USB memory stick sharing in Cuba.”
“I met people in Moscow who read Gorky Park in "samizdat," in other words, somebody had typed out the entire book on carbon, so it was important enough to read that at a time when possession would get you a couple of years in prison.”
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