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1971, from Ukrainian самвидав (samvýdav, samizdat) < сам (sam, self) + видання (výdannja, publication). Compare samizdat < Russian самиздат (samizdát).


samvydav (usually uncountable, plural samvydavs)

  1. (chiefly in a Ukrainian context) Samizdat.
    • 1978, Stephan M. Horak, Russia, the USSR, and Eastern Europe: A Bibliographic Guide to English Language Publications, 1964–1974, Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, p 325:
      Many of these appeals appeared in Ukrains’kyi visnyk, a samvydav Ukrainian publication, and a surprising amount eventually were smuggled out of Ukraine to the West.
    • 1996, Paul Robert Magocsi, A History of Ukraine, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, p 661:
      Although some members of the group changed their writing in response to warnings from the party, others continued to publish in the so-called samvydav, or publishing underground, in which self-published works were illegally produced and distributed.
    • 2007, Serhy Yekelchyk, Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation, Oxford University Press, p 165:
      One result was the politicization of samvydav (self-publishing, samizdat in Russian), unofficial literature copied on typewriters or by hand and distributed secretly. At first mostly forbidden literary works, by the mid-1960s Ukrainian samvydav developed into bold political journalism.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually italicized as a foreign term not fully naturalized.


For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:samvydav.