refusenik

Definitions

  • n. Term for Soviet Jews who were not allowed to openly practice Judaism or emigrate from Soviet Union.

Example Sentences

  • Natan Sharansky was the leader of the Refusenik movement in Russia.

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Russian

Who Uses This

  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

  • North America

Dictionaries

  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

  • Coined in the 1970s.

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