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Carbonari

[kahr-buh-nahr-ee; Italian kahr-baw-nah-ree]
plural noun, singular Car·bo·na·ro [kahr-buh-nahr-oh; Italian kahr-baw-nah-raw] /ˌkɑr bəˈnɑr oʊ; Italian ˌkɑr bɔˈnɑ rɔ/. European History.
  1. the members of a secret political society in the early part of the 19th century, active in Italy, France, and Spain.
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Origin of Carbonari

1815–25; < Italian, plural of carbonaro charcoal burner < Latin carbōnār(ius), equivalent to carbōn- (stem of carbō) charcoal + -ārius -ary
Related formsCar·bo·na·rism, nounCar·bo·na·rist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for carbonaro

Historical Examples

  • Emperor and king, jacobin and carbonaro, alike cherished him.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Giroux will swear he knew him in Turin, and that he was a carbonaro!'

  • Suspected of being a Carbonaro, he had been arrested and put in prison.

    A Short History of Italy

    Henry Dwight Sedgwick

  • The Abruzzi were the focus of the Carbonaro doctrines, and thither the general had been despatched with his brigade.

  • The Carbonaro glided along the solitary street of Louvois and made his way amid a group of lackeys.


British Dictionary definitions for carbonaro

Carbonari

pl n singular -naro (-ˈnɑːrəʊ)
  1. a secret political society with liberal republican aims, originating in S Italy about 1811 and particularly engaged in the struggle for Italian unification
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian, plural of carbonaro seller or burner of charcoal, name adopted by the society
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