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Encyclopedia Judaica: Conversos

CONVERSOS, designation used in Christian Spain and Portugal for Moorish or Jewish converts to Christianity. It was sometimes applied also to their descendants. Unlike the epithets *Marranos , *alboraycos , or tornadizos, the term Conversos has no derogatory implications.

Source: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2008 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.