perestroika [per-uh-stroi-kuh; Russian pyi-ryi-stroi-kuh] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. Russian. the program of economic and political reform in the Soviet Union initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986.

Origin of perestroika From the Russian word perestróĭka literally, rebuilding, reorganization Examples from the Web for perestroika Contemporary Examples of perestroika

  • Of course, in Russia at that time you had just the beginning of Gorbachev, and glasnost and perestroika.

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  • Perestroika and glasnost may have come and gone, but the hair has remained the same.

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    October 16, 2012

  • He built his empire in the perestroika days, when Russia was a new and often violent capitalism frontier.

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  • I left my hometown, Nizhny Novgorod, as a teenager in the midst of perestroika.

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  • His perestroika changed global politics, ended the Cold War, and won him a Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for perestroika perestroika noun

    1. the policy of reconstructing the economy, etc, of the former Soviet Union under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachov

    Word Origin for perestroika C20: Russian, literally: reconstruction 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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