Camorra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Camorra a secret society in Naples notorious for violence and blackmail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Camorra A secret organization formed at Naples, Italy, early in the 19th century, and used partly for political ends and partly for practicing extortion, violence, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Camorra A secret organization formed in the kingdom of Naples under the Bourbon government, first publicly known about 1820, partly political and partly of the nature of a standing vigilance committee, which exercised great power at times among the lower classes, settling disputes and acting as referee, punishing real or imaginary crimes, and exacting payment for all such services. It became guilty of many violent acts in the interest of private vengeance or avarice. Although for political reasons tolerated under Ferdinand II. (1830-59), it was attacked by the government of Francis II., in revenge for which it united with the opponents of the Bourbons and aided in the overthrow of that dynasty. At present the organization is out of favor, and, though retaining a nominal existence, is of no importance as a body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Camorra kam-or′a the name of a secret society in the former kingdom of Naples, whose members, the Camorristi, for many years terrorised the country
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

That's the Camorra all over, from all accounts.
"Raffles" by E. W. Hornung
Her vote is instantly set off by the vote of some sister who joins the other camorra.
"In Defense of Women" by H. L. Mencken
That, I knew, was a brand set upon him by the Camorra.
"The Silent Bullet" by Arthur B. Reeve
He is a member of the Camorra, too.
"A Spirit in Prison" by Robert Hichens
Her camorra, too, was open, and in her girdle there were gems for all to see.
"The Shame of Motley" by Raphael Sabatini
Calm and queenly she stood, dressed in a camorra of grey velvet with black sleeves, which excellently set off her handsome height.
"Love-at-Arms" by Raphael Sabatini
In those early days the second-grade member of the Camorra was known as a picciotto.
"Courts and Criminals" by Arthur Train
The Camorra would not be more certain or more deadly.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Padre Camorra is rather incredulous and is a great wag.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
Everybody become-a frightened, and the Mafia and the Camorra right away both begin-a to use Black Hand.
"The Boy With the U.S. Census" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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In news:

The head of Italy's biggest buffalo mozzarella maker allegedly had financial links with the notorious Casalesi clan of the Naples-based Camorra mafia.
Italian Police arrest the last fugitive Camorra boss of the Casalesi Clan.
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