Dönmeh

plural noun

Dön·​meh
variants or Dunmeh
¦dən¦mā,
(ˈ)də̄n¦-
: crypto-Jewish descendants of the followers of the professed messiah Sabbatai Zebi (1626–1676) now centered chiefly in Turkey and professing Islam compare sabbatian

Word History

Etymology

Turkish dönme, literally, convert, renegade

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“Dönmeh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/D%C3%B6nmeh. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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