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camorra (kuh-MOR-uh) noun

A secret group united for unscrupulous purposes.

[After Camorra, a secret organization in Naples, Italy, engaged in criminal activities, mostly during the 19th century. From Italian, possibly from Spanish (dispute).]

"Granted, the public's taste in art could be called naive by the elitist standards of the camorra of collectors, gallery owners and museum curators who control the art world." American Pop, The Nation (New York), Mar 14, 1994.

This week's theme: words with Italian connection.


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