Adjective "kulaks" definition and examples

(Kulaks may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkuːlak/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A peasant in Russia wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labour. Emerging after the emancipation of serfs in the 19th century the kulaks resisted Stalin's forced collectivization, but millions were arrested, exiled, or killed.
  1. 'I remember the despair of educated land owners who had become dispossessed kulaks.'
  2. 'The killing of the kulaks was the practical application of Marxist epistemology.'

More definitions

1. a comparatively wealthy peasant who employed hired labor or possessed farm machinery and who was viewed and treated by the Communists during the drive to collectivize agriculture in the 1920s and 1930s as an oppressor and class enemy.

2. (before the revolution of 1917) a prosperous, ruthless, and stingy merchant or village usurer.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be kulaks."

Origin

(kulak)Russian, literally ‘fist, tight-fisted person’, from Turkic ḳol ‘hand’.