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 (kə-môr′ə, -mŏr′ə)
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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(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]
Ca•mor′rism, n.
Ca•mor′rist, n.
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 a secret society of lawless malcontents in Naples and other Neopolitan cities, 1865—Wilkes.
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Noun1.Camorra - a secret society in Naples notorious for violence and blackmail
gangdom, gangland, organized crime - underworld organizations
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References in classic literature ?
"If I killed him the Camorra would certainly kill me; he kept on telling me so; it was like his cunning not to say that he would put them on my tracks whether or no."
Delta Dawn is open to plenty of improvement, stays well and, with Seamus Heffernan on board, he should prove a tough nut to crack, with Ger Lyons' newcomer Camorra looking the likely threat.
The area is a notorious hotspot for the activities of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra.Both paintings which have since been confirmed as authentic and are worth millions were stolen in a daring raid in 2002 by thieves using a simple ladder and a length of rope.
A recent investigation revealed that the entire agri-food industry value chain in Italy, exporting to European and world markets, is ruled by the Italian 'Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra, and Camorra mafia syndicates, starting with abusing and manipulating the EU and public subsidies programs and reaching an annual turnover of US$24 billion.
A power vacuum develops when the senior Camorra leaders in his community are "ratted out" and jailed.
His network included the Cali and Medellin cartels in Colombia and the Camorra mafia in Naples.
Abstract: Mention the word "Camorra" to an Italian today, and he might laugh--not because the Camorra has become particularly absurd or comical (it is more dangerous and influential than ever), but because filmmakers in Italy have seized on the subject of organized crime, especially in Naples, to make a new kind of movie.
Del sangue di Napoli si nutre anche la Camorra. Quella rappresentata dalla "Bella Societa Riformata", custode delle regole che governano i vicoli, espressione del ventre piu buio dell'ex capitale del Regno delle Due Sicilie.
Rome: Napoli goalkeeper Jose Reina and former club footballers Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica have been charged for alleged contacts with members of the Naples-based criminal organization Camorra, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said Monday.
Barbie Latza Nadeau's journalistic, snappy, and easy-to-digest work breaks down exactly how West African women are lured to Italy by Nigerian pimps and madams, who, in turn, work closely with Italian organized crime outfits like the Camorra and the Cosa Nostra.