Definition of Stakhanovite in English:

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Pronunciation: /stəˈkɑːnəvʌɪt/


1A worker in the former Soviet Union who was exceptionally hard-working and productive: the Stakhanovites succeeded in increasing the quantity of goods produced
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  • Artworks created in the period of the revolutionary avant-garde - by the Suprematists Kasimir Malevich and Clement Redko, for example - are hung next to Stalinist kitsch, e.g., ‘Stakhanovites on Stalin's Road’ from Alexander Deineka.
  • It recognized tens of thousands of women in retailing as labor heroes: exemplary workers, shock workers, and Stakhanovites.
  • The shock worker campaign propagandists latched on to his achievement, and soon the shock workers became known as Stakhanovites.
1.1An exceptionally hard-working or zealous person: [as modifier]: she was a Stakhanovite worker in the field of female suffering a Stakhanovite train-washing programme
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  • Given the Stakhanovite imperative at work with the public display of the petition, how many students could conceivably have felt free to express a contrary view in any manner?
  • The Scotland striker put in a Stakhanovite shift on Thursday night, working Dnipro's rearguard tirelessly and pulling defenders out of position to create openings for others.
  • Moravcik's background gives him an appreciation of a Stakhanovite work ethic.



Pronunciation: /stəˈkɑːnəvɪz(ə)m/ /stəˈkanəvɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • The authors’ analysis suggests that Stakhanovism had no overall impact on economic development, for good or ill.
  • The real appeal of Stakhanovism was clearly a material one, for exceptionally high wages and special privileges rewarded workers who exceeded the established production norms.
  • Nevertheless, Stakhanovism emerged as a movement based on the virtues of working really hard for really long hours, in exchange for the satisfaction of doing so.


Pronunciation: /stəˈkɑːnəvɪst/ /stəˈkanəvɪst/
noun& adjective
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  • The Stakhanovist textile workers get 500 rubles and more, the non-Stakhanovists, 150 rubles or less.
  • Along with being the first Stakhanovist of tennis, he had the asset of the intelligent game-play of a mathematician.
  • On top of it, the bureaucracy too accelerated the growth of a labor aristocracy by showering the Stakhanovists with gifts and privileges.


1930s: from the name of Aleksei Grigorevich Stakhanov (1906–1977), Russian coal miner.

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