Marrano meaning

mə-ränō
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Used as a disparaging term for a Converso.
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A Jew living in Spain or Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition who professed Christianity to escape death or persecution, often continuing to observe Judaism secretly.
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(historical) Any of the Sephardi Jews who stayed in Iberia during the Spanish Inquisition, and continued to practice Judaism in secret.
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Origin of marrano

  • Spanish pig, Marrano (from the Jewish prohibition against eating pork) probably from Arabic maḥram something forbidden from ḥarama to forbid x̣rm in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish marrano, of disputed origin. Perhaps a transferred use of marrano (“hog"), but many sources consider them distinct words.

    From Wiktionary