• n. (negative connotation) An apostate; a willing convert from Judaism.

Example Sentences

  • "My late grandfather (foster parent) was a religious Russian Jew who survived Stalin. He used to tell me that a Meshumed (convert from Judaism) was worse than an anti-Semite. Growing up in America, I scoffed at what I thought was an old shtetl saying." (source)

  • "They have this priest on the radio...From the way he talks, I'm sure he's a meshumad." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y משומד meshumed

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings


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