refusenik

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Etymology[edit]

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refuse +‎ -nik

Noun[edit]

refusenik (plural refuseniks)

  1. (Soviet Union, slang) One of the Jewish citizens of the former Soviet Union who were refused permission to emigrate.
  2. (colloquial) A person characterized by a particular refusal (especially one related to human rights.)

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