marrano marrano

Definition(s):

  • (n) (medieval Spain and Portugal) a disparaging term for a Jew who converted to Christianity in order to avoid persecution but continued to practice their religion secretly

Usage(s):

  • Thomas' hatred is not for Jews (who, he thinks, are damned anyway) but for the marrano, the converted Jew who might secretly practice Jewish rites.

News

  • How To Recognize a Secret Spanish Jew by His Marrano Accent

    Can you tell a secret Jew by his speech? A 19th-century British traveller immediately identified a so-called Marrano during a trip to Spain — and Philologos explains how. Click here for the rest of the article...
    on August 25, 2013     Source: The Forward

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