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1. A Neapolitan secret society organized about 1820, notorious for practicing violence and blackmail.
2. camorra An unscrupulous, clandestine group.
[Italian, perhaps from camorra, a kind of smock, said to have been worn by members of the society.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a secret society organized in about 1820 in Naples, which thrives on blackmail and extortion
2. (Law) any similar clandestine group
[C19: from Italian, probably from Spanish: quarrel]
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Ca•mor•ra(kəˈmɔr ə, -ˈmɒr ə)
n., pl. -ras.
1. a secret society of Naples, Italy, first publicly known about 1820 and associated with blackmail, robbery, etc.
2. (l.c.) any similar society or group.
[1860–65; < Italian < Sp: dispute]
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Camorraa secret society of lawless malcontents in Naples and other Neopolitan cities, 1865—Wilkes.
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