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Camorra

[kuh-mawr-uh, -mor-uh; Italian kah-mawr-rah] /kəˈmɔr ə, -ˈmɒr ə; Italian kɑˈmɔr rɑ/
noun
1.
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.
2.
(lowercase) any similar society or group.
Origin of Camorra
1860-1865
1860-65; < Italian < Spanish: dispute, quarrel (of uncertain origin)
Related forms
Camorrism, noun
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  • Her Camorra, too, was open, and in her girdle there were gems for all to see.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • They agreed that the Camorra had great capabilities, if one only could use them.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • But what is to be said about my friend, the facchino, and the Maffia and the Camorra?

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • But do you think, Judge Hoyt, that the Camorra is such a desperate menace?

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • There he was initiated in the Camorra, exercised by the lads clandestinely.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • The Camorra had eyes and ears in every vicolo and every cellar.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
  • Ah, on the contrary—here he lapsed into a tense voice—they hated the Camorra.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • We have just been received by the Camorra and all must be careful.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for Camorra

Camorra

/kəˈmɒrə/
noun
1.
a secret society organized in about 1820 in Naples, which thrives on blackmail and extortion
2.
any similar clandestine group
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, probably from Spanish: quarrel
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