from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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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  • n. (medieval Spain and Portugal) a Jew or Moor who professed to convert to Christianity in order to avoid persecution or expulsion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Spanish, a convert, from converso, converted, from Medieval Latin conversus, from Latin, past participle of convertere, to turn around, convert; see convert.


  • Talmud is read by Marranos aka Converso and they are literally behind all previous and current wars. - Building a global movement for Khilafah

  • A genealogical study claims that Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the father of Mexican Independence, had a "Converso" background.

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  • Also, Jews might begin to accept "Converso" groups who have of their own free will, already returned to the religion of their ancestors.

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  • Interestingly, the only Jewish holiday celebrated by the "Converso" Villarreal Family mentioned previously is Passover, which celebrates this flight for freedom.

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  • As of early 1999 they have made contact with "Converso" groups in Vera Cruz and Puebla who now practice Judaism.

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  • Saltillo, according to local folklore was founded by a joint Tlaxcalan - Portuguese Converso expedition.

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  • A Converso, Juan de Lucena, is considered to be the first Hebrew printer in the Iberian peninsula, even though no books survive from his press.


  • And while genealogy may not be big among all American Jews, there are sects of American Judaism where genealogy is hugely important, especially as you get into the more Orthodox / Hasidic communities, as well as the Converso / Crypto-Jewish communities where they can often give you genealogies going back 400 years or more.

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  • There were some people who were from Converso family, that is to say they were families that had been Jewish a generation or more before, but have converted to Catholicism, under pressure of the persecutions, first in Spain and then in Portugal.

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  • "For nurses, union representation is critically important in allowing us to effectively advocate for our patients and give the quality of care our patients deserve," said Converso, who was the only registered nurse at the meeting.

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