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  1. soupernoun

    (during the Irish famine) a Protestant supplying food, (usually soup), to the starving if they rejected their Catholic beliefs.

  2. soupernoun

    Sometimes referred to the person who had changed religions, rather than the person encouraging them.

    Some Catholics, in a desperate attempt to save the lives of their starving children, accepted this preferential treatment by converting to an alien faith and became known as 'Croghan Soupers' - named after a landed aristocracy in Roscommon. In some cases, soupers were protected by British soldiers from their co-religionists.


  1. souper

    Souperism was a phenomenon of the Irish Great Famine. Protestant Bible societies set up schools in which starving children were fed, on the condition of receiving Protestant religious instruction at the same time. Its practitioners were reviled by the Catholic families who had to choose between Protestantism and starvation. People who converted for food were known as "soupers", "jumpers" and "cat breacs". In the words of their peers, they "took the soup". Although souperism did not occur frequently, the perception of it had a lasting effect on the popular memory of the Famine. It blemished the relief work by Protestants who gave aid without proselytising, and the rumour of souperism may have discouraged starving Catholics from attending soup kitchens for fear of betraying their faith.

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  1. poseur

  2. rose up

  3. uprose

  4. pouser

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of souper in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of souper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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