anusim pl. n. (ah-noo-SEEM) Literally, “compelled ones.” The historical term for who were forced to convert to another religion. The anusim often tried secretly to their customs and teach them to their children. the most famous anusim are the and Jews who were compelled to convert to during the Spanish Inquisition. See also Marrano and Converso.

  1. plural noun

Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish and life-cycle events, culture, , the and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (7). , : Jewish Publication Society.

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