Black Hand

noun
a secret terrorist society in the United States early in the 20th century
Hypernyms: ↑organized crime, ↑gangland, ↑gangdom

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noun
Usage: often capitalized B&H
Etymology: from Black Hand, a lawless Sicilian and Italian-American secret society of the late 19th and 20th centuries, an imitation of an Andalusian anarchist society of the 19th century, translation of Italian Mano Nera, translation of Spanish Mano Negra; from the black hand on their emblem
: a lawless secret society practicing terrorism, extortion, or other crimes

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Blackhander, n.
1. Italian, La Mano Nera. any of various secret criminal groups organized in Italy and operating in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, practicing blackmail and violence.
2. an anarchistic society in Spain, suppressed in 1883.
3. a nationalistic society in Serbia, suppressed in 1914.

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black hand noun
(usu with caps) a secret society or underground influence
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Black Hand,
1. U.S. a secret society organized to commit blackmail and crimes of violence.
2. an anarchistic society in Spain, broken up in 1883.
[American English; translation of Spanish mano negra and Italian mano nera]

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n. a secret criminal and terrorist society in New York during the early 20th century
any similar society

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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