Mafia


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Ma·fi·a

 (mä′fē-ə)
n.
1.
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.]

Mafia

(ˈmæfɪə) or

Maffia

n
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]

Ma•fi•a

(ˈmɑ fi ə, ˈmæf i ə)

n.
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
Translations

mafia

[ˈmæfɪə] Nmafia f

Mafia

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

Mafia

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

Mafia

[ˈmæfɪə] n the Mafiala mafia
References in classic literature ?
The other fellow is probably an Italian also, and a member of the Mafia.
You'll find that my theory of the Mafia will work out all right.
Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, he said that the property of the ETPB had been under the control of powerful land mafia for ten years.
All of them were variously charged with mafia association, extortion, abduction, and arson.
Though the organization has been portrayed endlessly in popular media, most people don't know much about how the Mafia came to be.
Investigators say the infiltration of construction contracts, thanks to mobsters working inside local governments or the connivance of corrupt politicians, provides a lucrative income to the Mafia.
The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York offers the first full-length book devoted to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City from the 1930s to the 1950s, and is based on the author/attorney's in-depth research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
According to a research by Italian researcher Professor Adriano Schimmenti, which looked into incarcerated Sicilian mobsters, members of the Mafia also appeared to have lower psychopathic traits than other criminals, the Independent reported.
This is not the first time that he spoke against the Mafia.
The mafia is using all the ploys to tame state-run oil marketing company and the officials of Ogra as well as petroleum ministry to get desired results.
The town was in the midst of a blood feud, "Something deeper than a simple Mafia war.