mafia

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See also: Mafia and máfia

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See Mafia. The sense "entity which attempts to control a specified arena" makes an analogy to crime-syndicate mafias' attempts to control certain kinds of business in the regions in which they exist.

Noun[edit]

mafia (plural mafias)

  1. A crime syndicate.
  2. A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader.
  3. (in compound terms such as "moral mafia") An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.
    the digital mafia
    the literary mafia

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English mafia.

Noun[edit]

mafia c (singular definite mafiaen, plural indefinite mafiaer)

  1. A mafia.

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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

mafia

  1. mafia

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French[edit]

Noun[edit]

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. The Mafia

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Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:

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Etymology[edit]

Most likely from Arabic ماجاس (bragging, boasting, aggressive). [1], though French mafler (to devour, gluttonize) is considered another possible source.

Noun[edit]

mafia f (plural mafie)

  1. The Mafia (International organized crime organization)
  2. mafia (Individual branch)
  3. arrogance

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Shanty, Mishra, Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism, Volume 1

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian

Noun[edit]

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. Mafia (Italian Mafia)
  2. Mafia (any criminal organisation)

Synonyms[edit]

  • (criminal organisation): cartel

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