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[kuh-mawr-uh, -mor-uh; Italian kah-mawr-rah] /kəˈmɔr ə, -ˈmɒr ə; Italian kɑˈmɔr rɑ/
a secret society of Naples, Italy, first publicly known about 1820, that developed into a powerful political organization and was later associated with blackmail, robbery, etc., until its destruction in 1911.
(lowercase) any similar society or group.
Origin of Camorra
1860-65; < Italian < Spanish: dispute, quarrel (of uncertain origin)
Related forms
Camorrism, noun Unabridged
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  • In those early days the second-grade member of the Camorra was known as a picciotto.

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
  • Her Camorra, too, was open, and in her girdle there were gems for all to see.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The tide of the Camorra washed forward, and surged up the first terrace.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • But what is to be said about my friend, the facchino, and the Maffia and the Camorra?

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • If we are to die here, now, and the great society of the Camorra is to wreck itself upon our death, let it not be in a mistake!

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • But do you think, Judge Hoyt, that the Camorra is such a desperate menace?

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • But can we believe that the courageous work of a few public writers has touched the roots of the Camorra in this city?

  • There he was initiated in the Camorra, exercised by the lads clandestinely.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for Camorra


a secret society organized in about 1820 in Naples, which thrives on blackmail and extortion
any similar clandestine group
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, probably from Spanish: quarrel
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