Converso meaning

kən-vĕr'sō
A Spanish or Portuguese Jew who converted outwardly to Christianity in the late Middle Ages so as to avoid persecution or expulsion, though often continuing to practice Judaism in secret.
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A Jew living in Spain or Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition who converted to Christianity under threat of persecution.
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(history) A Jew or Muslim in Spain or Portugal who converted to Roman Catholicism under duress, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries.
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Origin of converso

  • Spanish a convert from converso converted from Medieval Latin conversus from Latin past participle of convertere to turn around, convert convert
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Spanish converso.
    From Wiktionary