sa·miz·dat (sämĭz-dät′, sə-myĭz-dät)
a. The secret publication and distribution of government-banned literature in the former Soviet Union.
b. The literature produced by this system.
2. An underground press.
[Russian : sam, self; see sem-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + izdatel'stvo, publishing house (from izdat', to publish, on the model of Gosizdat, State Publishing House : iz, from, out of; see eghs in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + dat', to give; see dō- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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