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a. A secret criminal organization operating mainly in Sicily since the early 1800s and known for its intimidation of and retribution against law enforcement officials and witnesses.
b. A secret criminal organization operating mainly in the United States and Italy and engaged in illegal activities such as gambling, drug-dealing, protection, and prostitution.
2. Any of various similar criminal organizations, especially when dominated by members of the same nationality.
3. often mafia Informal A tightly knit group of trusted associates, as of a political leader: "[He] is one of the personal mafia that [the chancellor] brought with him to Bonn" (Christian Science Monitor).

[Italian, back-formation from mafiuso, mafioso, Mafioso; see Mafioso.]


(ˈmæfɪə) or


1. (Sociology) the Mafia an international secret organization founded in Sicily, probably in opposition to tyranny. It developed into a criminal organization and in the late 19th century was carried to the US by Italian immigrants
2. (Sociology) any group considered to resemble the Mafia. See also Black Hand, Camorra, Cosa Nostra
[C19: from Sicilian dialect of Italian, literally hostility to the law, boldness, perhaps from Arabic mahyah bragging]


(ˈmɑ fi ə, ˈmæf i ə)

1. a secret organization allegedly engaged in criminal activities in the U.S., Italy, and elsewhere.
2. (in Sicily)
a. (l.c.) a spirit of hostility to the law.
b. a 19th-century secret society that acted in this spirit.
3. (l.c.) any influential clique.
[1870–75; < Italian < Sicilian: orig., elegance, bravura, courage (orig. obscure)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mafia - a crime syndicate in the United StatesMafia - a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
omerta - a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities
crime syndicate, syndicate, mob, family - a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
mafioso - a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States
2.Mafia - a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
gangdom, gangland, organized crime - underworld organizations
mafioso - a member of the Sicilian Mafia
3.mafia - any tightly knit group of trusted associates
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, camp, pack - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose


[ˈmæfɪə] Nmafia f


nmafia f
the Mafia → la Mafia
modif [boss, family, crime] → mafieux/euse, maffieux/euse


Mafia f
(fig) the literary/medical mafiadie Literatur-/Medizinmafia


[ˈmæfɪə] n the Mafiala mafia
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En 2017 se descubre quien quedo al frente del negocio: Fabrizio Ferreri, vinculado con la familia Fasciani (aunque en un rol inicialmente secundario) y a la Cosa Nostra de Palermo, quien fue detenido el 3 de mayo de ese ano.
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La Cosa Nostra se asento en 1908 en Estados Unidos como filial de la mana siciliana (cuyo capo entonces era Vito Cascio Ferro) y en sus inicios se encontraba desperdigada en varias zonas de Chicago y Nueva York, principalmente.
Williams was co-founder of the Crips, one of the most notorious and well-known criminal gangs in the world, perhaps the most recognised after La Cosa Nostra.
Dicho en terminos mas intimos, la Cosa Nostra y los hombres de honor.
Directed by John Gotti to "make sure that only one of you comes out of the operating room breathing" on one hand, yet threatened with ruin by mayor Giuliani on the other, he had to make the choice of a lifetime between loyalty to La Cosa Nostra and adherence to the Hippocratic Oath.
But today, La Cosa Nostra is a mere shadow of its former self.
Frank Keating's resignation from the Catholic bishops' National Review Board underscores the problem of secrecy in the church hierarchy, which he compared to La Cosa Nostra, whose capos are sworn to silence.
In an interview with the Los Angeles times, he said, "to act like La Cosa Nostra and hide and suppress, I think, is very unhealthy.