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perestroika

[per-uh-stroi-kuh; Russian pyi-ryi-stroi-kuh] /ˌpɛr əˈstrɔɪ kə; Russian pyɪ ryɪˈstrɔɪ kə/
noun
1.
Russian. the program of economic and political reform in the Soviet Union initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986.
Origin
< Russian perestróĭka literally, rebuilding, reorganization
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perestroika

/ˌpɛrəˈstrɔɪkə/
noun
1.
the policy of reconstructing the economy, etc, of the former Soviet Union under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachov
Word Origin
C20: Russian, literally: reconstruction
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Word Origin and History for perestroika
n.

1981, from Russian perestroika, literally "rebuilding, reconstruction, reform" (of Soviet society, etc.), from pere- "re-" (from Old Russian pere- "around, again," from Proto-Slavic *per-, from PIE *per- (1) "forward, through;" see per) + stroika "building, construction," from Old Russian stroji "order," from PIE *stroi-, from root *stere- "to spread" (see structure (n.)). First proposed at the 26th Party Congress (1981); popularized in English 1985 during Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership of the U.S.S.R.

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