Mafia

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See also: mafia and máfia

English[edit]

Wikipedia has an article on:

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian. Perhaps from Italian mafia ‎(spirit of hostility to the law) or from Sicilian mafia ‎(boldness, bravado). See the Wikipedia article for more discussion of the origin of the word.

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the Mafia

  1. (specifically) An international criminal organization of Sicilian origin operating in Italy and the United States.
  2. (by extension) Any organized crime syndicate operating internationally in high-level organized crime; often with a modifying adjective, such as a nationality.
    Somehow he managed to upset the Russian Mafia.
  3. A party game modelling a conflict between an informed minority (the mafia) and an uninformed majority (the innocents). Each player is secretly assigned a role within one of these teams, and the innocents attempt to identify the mafia members before they are all "murdered".
  4. Alternative letter-case form of mafia (an entity which attempts to control a specified arena).

Synonyms[edit]

  • (organization of Sicilian origin): Cosa Nostra, mob
  • (any organized crime syndicate): mob

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German[edit]

German Wikipedia has an article on:

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian mafia.

Noun[edit]

Mafia f ‎(genitive Mafia, plural Mafias)

  1. Mafia

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