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n. pl. Mar·ra·nos Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for a Converso.

[Spanish, pig, Marrano (from the Jewish prohibition against eating pork), probably from Arabic maḥram, something forbidden, from ḥarama, to forbid; see x̣rm in Semitic roots.]


n, pl -nos
(Judaism) a Spanish or Portuguese Jew of the late Middle Ages who was converted to Christianity, esp one forcibly converted but secretly adhering to Judaism
[from Spanish, literally: pig, with reference to the Jewish prohibition against eating pig meat]


(məˈrɑ noʊ)

n., pl. -nos.
a Spanish or Portuguese Jew forced to convert to Christianity during the late Middle Ages.
[< Sp: literally, pig, from the Jewish law forbidding the eating of pork]
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Noun1.Marrano - (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
Converso - (medieval Spain and Portugal) a Jew or Moor who professed to convert to Christianity in order to avoid persecution or expulsion
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And really, present or absent, hidden or unhidden, true or false, the figure of marrano does appear and disappear in Derrida's writings.
and Tracy Gaston of Auburn, Seth Gaston of Fitchburg, Taylor, Benjamin & Eliza Gaston of Shrewsbury, Nancy & Wayne Jackson of Waltham, Linda Marrano of Waltham, Steve & Peg Marrano of Wilmington, Heather Marrano of Plymouth, Alyssa Jackson and Matt Jackson of Waltham, Sally & Dan Tinkham of Danvers, Peter & Gail Burnham of Hamilton; and many cousins and numerous friends.
Blanca Reubensaal, president of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation, presented the Young Diplomats' Essay Awards, funded by Diplomatic Auto Sales, to Hana Passan of Lusaka, Zambia; Charles Brands of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Nicholas Marrano of Madrid, Spain.
Another prominent Marrano was a Jewish merchant from Venice who was in the London area in 1596-1600, just in that half-decade that The Merchant of Venice was written and performed.
At the same time, Marrano life amounted to a shift from a confirmation of the necessity of the biblical commandments to Jewish heritage, which amounts to a shift to Jewish history.
Her essay recasts the reception of Shakespeare's great Venetian tragedy by considering the relationship Pasolini creates between a volatile audience of workers and an experimental stage; her critique uncovers a Cassio harassed as a marrano and an audience who revolts in order to "claim authorial agency for themselves" (101).
Glick, "On Converso and Marrano Ehtnicity," in Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World, 1391-1648, ed.
This is a very rich area", said Mark Marrano, deputy regional co-ordinator for the US Embassy, adding: "Everybody is trying to get a piece of the pie".
Da quel cognome suo forse di rinnegato, di marrano di Spagna o di Sicilia, che significava eredita di ansime, malinconie, rimorsi dentro nelle vene.
Marrano III, President of Marson said, "Constructing a building of this size with its many complex and intricate systems at such a busy corner near the entrance to Central Park, is like building the proverbial Swiss watch.
With these violent inversions, Derrida effectively abuses deconstruction in a manner that necessitates yet more inversions: for, if the Shylock Complex is present at the inauguration of Marrano identity (i.
of a marrano, the name for those Jews, who during the time of the