plural noun
variants: or Dunmeh \ ¦dən¦mā , (ˈ)də̄n¦-​ \

Definition of Dönmeh

: crypto-Jewish descendants of the followers of the professed messiah Sabbatai Zebi (1626–1676) now centered chiefly in Turkey and professing Islam — compare sabbatian

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History and Etymology for Dönmeh

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 24 Sep. 2020.

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