from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- n. The secret copying and sharing of illegal publications, chiefly in the Soviet Union; underground publishing and its publications.
- n. A samizdat publication.
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- n. a system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature
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)
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)