Adjective "samizdat" definition and examples

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

Pronunciation

/ˈsamɪzdat//ˌsamɪzˈdat/

Definitions and examples

noun

The clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe.
  1. 'samizdat books'
  2. 'This has archival value as a kind of samizdat text and the film itself is arguably of note as an intended critique of theocracy, of sharia and the suppression of women.'
  3. 'Web sites have taken on the historical roles and research value of samizdat, avant-garde magazines, seditious literature, fringe political manifesti, etc.'

More definitions

1. a clandestine publishing system within the Soviet Union, by which forbidden or unpublishable literature was reproduced and circulated privately.

2. a work or periodical circulated by this system.

More examples(as adjective)

"photocopies can be samizdat."

"literatures can be samizdat."

Origin

1960s: Russian, literally ‘self-publishing house’.