[kuh-mawr-uh, -mor-uh; Italian kah-mawr-rah]


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 formsCa·mor·rism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for camorra

Contemporary Examples of camorra

Historical Examples of camorra

  • 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

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 for Camorra

C19: from Italian, probably from Spanish: quarrel
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