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Muzhik, moujik (Russian: мужи́к, IPA: [mʊˈʐɨk]) "Russian peasant" when it is used in English. This word was calqued from Russian into Western languages through translations of Russian literature of 19th century, that described Russian rural life of that times, and where the word muzhik was used to mean the most common rural dweller (a peasant) but that was only a narrow contextual meaning of the word.
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- The World Book Dictionary
- The Durham University journal - Volumes 45-46 - Page 237
- Snippet: Thus a Russian-English dictionary will give the Russian word muzhik as 'peasant'. Yet the English word 'peasant' brings to mind a being far different from the Russian muzhik who, unlike his Western counterpart, is presented to us in literature ...