con·​ver·​so kən-ˈver-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce converso (audio)
plural conversos
: a Jew who publicly recanted the Jewish faith and adopted Christianity under the pressure of the Spanish Inquisition

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Piñer shows us how, during the Inquisition, the testimony of servants and merchants often was used as proof that a converso (a Jew who converted to Catholicism) was still participating in Jewish practices. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Spanish, literally, convert

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of converso was in 1728

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“Converso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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