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Definition of the noun mafia

What does mafia mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • mafia: mafias
  • Mafia: Mafias

  1. a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of Mafia: Cosa Nostra / Maffia
    • more generic terms: crime syndicate / family / mob / syndicate = a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
    • member: mafioso = a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States
  2. a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
  3. any tightly knit group of trusted associates

Alternative definition of the noun mafia


  1. A crime syndicate
  2. A trusted group of associates of a political leader
  3. An in-group


Who is Mafia?

Mafia is a film actor.

Phrases with Mafia

  1. Moral Mafia
  2. sicilian mafia

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mafia

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Google previewA Suitable Amount of Crime (2004)

by Nils Christie

The Mafia is a handy explanation. In addition comes the...

Google previewRevenge of the Naked Princess (2012)

by Oswald Pereira

The Newsroom Mafia is a daring book. Tehelka With a dangerous blend between fiction and reality comes Oswald Pereira's The Newsroom Mafia. The Tossed Salad The Newsroom Mafia oozes tremendous cinematic appeal.

Google previewThe Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy (2015)

History, Politics, Society by Andrea Mammone, Ercole Giap Parini, Giuseppe A. Veltri

The problem with the word mafia is that internationally it evokes a large number of stereotypes, that is, it brings to mind...

Google previewOrganized Crime (2009)

by Howard Abadinsky

The Mafia is the direct descendant of a criminal organization of the same name originating in the island of Sicily.

The Mafia is a loose-knit organization specializing in the sale and distribution of narcotics, the conduct of various gambling ...

Google previewItaly in Pictures (2002)

by Alison Behnke

become legendary—and possibly exaggerated—through movies and stories, the Mafia is a very real presence in Italy. Originating in Sicily and dating back as far as the fourteenth or fifteenth century, the Mafia is an organization that engages ...

Google previewPrimitive Rebels

CHAPTER III MAFIA There is no hard and fast line between the social banditry of the last chapter and the movements to be discussed in this, of which the Sicilian Mafia is the most interesting and persistent. Both are exceedingly primitive, not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice (2012)

by Margaret E. Beare

The Mafia is a secret criminal organization that originated in Sicily.

Myth 1: The Mafia Operates in America and Around the World The most pervasive and enduring myth about the Mafia is that the organization simply transplanted itself en ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soviet Life

by Ilya Zemtsov

Mafia (Mafiya). A clandestine criminal organization resorting to blackmail, violence and murder, known for its close links with government authorities, the public prosecutor's office, and the judiciary. From the Soviet standpoint, mafias exist only ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Law Enforcement (2004)

by Larry E Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorothy M Schulz, M. R. Haberfeld

Today, the term Mafia, which properly refers to a specific group indigenous to Sicily (and that is also known as “the Mob”), is often used generically to refer to any group engaged in organized crime or, indeed, other conspiratorial behavior.

Google previewCollier's New Encyclopedia (1921)

A Loose-leaf and Self-revising Reference Work ; with Illustrations and Ninety-six Maps

MAFIA (ma-fé'ii), THE, 9. Sicilian secret society akin to the CAMORRA (q. '0.) in Naples. The Mafia, under one designation or another, runs back to the Middle Ages. It punished crimes against itself by death. Under the Bourbons its simplest ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 12: Music by Bill C. Malone

and Memphis collective Three 6 Mafia, have released Chopped & Screwed versions of earlier albums, tapping specialist djs to create ...

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

mafia n. mafia. mafioso n. mafiuso. magazine n. revista. magic 1. n. ncantesemo, ...

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Quotes about Mafia

Well organized criminal group we call mafia, the best organized mafia we call the state. (Andrzej Majewski)
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Scrabble value of M3A1F4I1A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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