converso

noun
con·ver·so | \ kən-ˈver-(ˌ)sō , kōn- \
plural conversos

Definition of converso 

: a Jew who publicly recanted the Jewish faith and adopted Christianity under the pressure of the Spanish Inquisition

First Known Use of converso

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for converso

Spanish, literally, convert

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