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  • n. Someone who, during the Irish famine, supplied food such as soup to Catholics who converted to Protestantism.
  • n. A (former) Catholic who converted to Protestantism in order to gain such food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of supper.
  • n. In Ireland, a name applied in derision to a Protestant missionary or a convert from Roman Catholicism, from the fact that the missionaries are said to assist their work by distributing soup to their converts.


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  • When followed by "Man" it's also a corny joke hero name for a food-centered spandex warrior in epic kitchen kitsch.

    February 23, 2007

  • (during the Irish famine) a Protestant supplying food, (usually soup), to the starving if they rejected their Catholic beliefs.

    Sometimes referred to the person who had changed religions, rather than the person encouraging them.

    Some Catholics, in a desperate attempt to save the lives of their starving children, accepted this preferential treatment by converting to an alien faith and became known as 'Croghan Soupers' - named after a landed aristocracy in Roscommon.

    February 23, 2007