[kahr-buh-nahr-ee; Italian kahr-baw-nah-ree]
- the members of a secret political society in the early part of the 19th century, active in Italy, France, and Spain.
Origin of Carbonari
1815–25; < Italian, plural of carbonaro charcoal burner < Latin carbōnār(ius), equivalent to carbōn- (stem of carbō) charcoal + -ārius -ary
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Examples from the Web for carbonari
Although the revolt in 1820 tossed King Ferdinand off the throne, the Carbonari never amounted to much.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
The Carbonari will not refuse to have me, and I'll set out for the forest at once.'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
You know that one of the great trades in our mountains is that of Carbonari.
The Carbonari had voiced somewhat fitfully the national protest.The Life of Mazzini
He had thought to demonstrate as much by his association with the Carbonari.
It was not he who had failed the Carbonari, but the Carbonari who had failed him.
- a secret political society with liberal republican aims, originating in S Italy about 1811 and particularly engaged in the struggle for Italian unification
C19: from Italian, plural of carbonaro seller or burner of charcoal, name adopted by the society
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