mafia

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See also: Mafia, máfia, màfia, and mafią

English[edit]

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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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɑfi.ə/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmæfi.ə/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

mafia (plural mafias)

  1. A hierarchically structured secret organisation engaged in illegal activities like distribution of narcotics, gambling and extortion.
  2. A crime syndicate.
  3. A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader.
  4. (in compound terms such as "moral mafia") An entity which attempts to control a specified arena by violence or threats.
    • 1994, Francis Wheen, Lord Gnome's Literary Companion, page 161:
      Worse, it confirms what one always suspected about the 1930s literary mafia, with their graceless posing and relentless self-obsession — what terrible , terrible bores they were.
    • 2000, Senator Robert Torricelli, Andrew Carroll, In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century, page 432:
      Since the victory of gadgetry is "inevitable," you might as well come along quietly and let us smother you in speed and convenience, says the digital mafia.
    • 2019, Anne Holt, In Dust and Ashes, page 83:
      I can scarcely leave the apartment without being engulfed by journalists, not to mention the fucking left-wing activists and the multicultural mafia that assailed me with spitting and verbal abuse the last time I ventured out []

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Translations[edit]

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.

Declension[edit]

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian mafia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑfiɑ/, [ˈmɑ̝fiɑ̝]
  • Rhymes: -ɑfiɑ
  • Syllabification(key): ma‧fi‧a

Noun[edit]

mafia

  1. mafia

Declension[edit]

Inflection of mafia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative mafia mafiat
genitive mafian mafioiden
mafioitten
partitive mafiaa mafioita
illative mafiaan mafioihin
singular plural
nominative mafia mafiat
accusative nom. mafia mafiat
gen. mafian
genitive mafian mafioiden
mafioitten
mafiainrare
partitive mafiaa mafioita
inessive mafiassa mafioissa
elative mafiasta mafioista
illative mafiaan mafioihin
adessive mafialla mafioilla
ablative mafialta mafioilta
allative mafialle mafioille
essive mafiana mafioina
translative mafiaksi mafioiksi
abessive mafiatta mafioitta
instructive mafioin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of mafia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative mafiani mafiani
accusative nom. mafiani mafiani
gen. mafiani
genitive mafiani mafioideni
mafioitteni
mafiainirare
partitive mafiaani mafioitani
inessive mafiassani mafioissani
elative mafiastani mafioistani
illative mafiaani mafioihini
adessive mafiallani mafioillani
ablative mafialtani mafioiltani
allative mafialleni mafioilleni
essive mafianani mafioinani
translative mafiakseni mafioikseni
abessive mafiattani mafioittani
instructive
comitative mafioineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative mafiasi mafiasi
accusative nom. mafiasi mafiasi
gen. mafiasi
genitive mafiasi mafioidesi
mafioittesi
mafiaisirare
partitive mafiaasi mafioitasi
inessive mafiassasi mafioissasi
elative mafiastasi mafioistasi
illative mafiaasi mafioihisi
adessive mafiallasi mafioillasi
ablative mafialtasi mafioiltasi
allative mafiallesi mafioillesi
essive mafianasi mafioinasi
translative mafiaksesi mafioiksesi
abessive mafiattasi mafioittasi
instructive
comitative mafioinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative mafiamme mafiamme
accusative nom. mafiamme mafiamme
gen. mafiamme
genitive mafiamme mafioidemme
mafioittemme
mafiaimmerare
partitive mafiaamme mafioitamme
inessive mafiassamme mafioissamme
elative mafiastamme mafioistamme
illative mafiaamme mafioihimme
adessive mafiallamme mafioillamme
ablative mafialtamme mafioiltamme
allative mafiallemme mafioillemme
essive mafianamme mafioinamme
translative mafiaksemme mafioiksemme
abessive mafiattamme mafioittamme
instructive
comitative mafioinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative mafianne mafianne
accusative nom. mafianne mafianne
gen. mafianne
genitive mafianne mafioidenne
mafioittenne
mafiainnerare
partitive mafiaanne mafioitanne
inessive mafiassanne mafioissanne
elative mafiastanne mafioistanne
illative mafiaanne mafioihinne
adessive mafiallanne mafioillanne
ablative mafialtanne mafioiltanne
allative mafiallenne mafioillenne
essive mafiananne mafioinanne
translative mafiaksenne mafioiksenne
abessive mafiattanne mafioittanne
instructive
comitative mafioinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative mafiansa mafiansa
accusative nom. mafiansa mafiansa
gen. mafiansa
genitive mafiansa mafioidensa
mafioittensa
mafiainsarare
partitive mafiaansa mafioitaan
mafioitansa
inessive mafiassaan
mafiassansa
mafioissaan
mafioissansa
elative mafiastaan
mafiastansa
mafioistaan
mafioistansa
illative mafiaansa mafioihinsa
adessive mafiallaan
mafiallansa
mafioillaan
mafioillansa
ablative mafialtaan
mafialtansa
mafioiltaan
mafioiltansa
allative mafialleen
mafiallensa
mafioilleen
mafioillensa
essive mafianaan
mafianansa
mafioinaan
mafioinansa
translative mafiakseen
mafiaksensa
mafioikseen
mafioiksensa
abessive mafiattaan
mafiattansa
mafioittaan
mafioittansa
instructive
comitative mafioineen
mafioinensa

Further reading[edit]

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. the Mafia

Further reading[edit]

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian mafia.

Noun[edit]

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. Mafia (Italian Mafia)
  2. Mafia (any criminal organisation)
    Synonym: cartel

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Sicilian mafiusu, of uncertain origin.[1] Most likely from Arabicمَهْيَاص(mahyāṣ, cocky, bragger),[2] though Piedmontese mafio[3][4] is considered another possible source.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈma.fja/
  • Rhymes: -afja
  • Hyphenation: mà‧fia

Noun[edit]

mafia f (plural mafie)

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

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • German: Mafia
  • Turkish: mafya
  • Maltese: mafja
  • Romanian: mafie
  • Russian: ма́фия (máfija)
  • Spanish: mafia

References[edit]

  1. ^ mafia in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  2. ^ Shanty, Mishra, Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism, Volume 1
  3. ^ Glossario etimologico piemontese, Torino 1888
  4. ^ https://www.linkiesta.it/2014/10/da-dove-viene-la-parola-mafia-la-crusca-risponde/

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (non-standard since 1987) maffia

Noun[edit]

mafia m (definite singular mafiaen, indefinite plural mafiaer, definite plural mafiaene)

  1. mafia, Mafia

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

mafia m (definite singular mafiaen, indefinite plural mafiaer or mafiaar, definite plural mafiaene or mafiaane)

  1. mafia, Mafia

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian mafia, from Sicilian.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mafia f

  1. mafia (crime syndicate)
    Synonym: ośmiornica
  2. mafia (trusted group of associates, as of a political leader)

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

adjective

Related terms[edit]

adverb
nouns

Further reading[edit]

  • mafia in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • mafia in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian mafia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmafja/ [ˈma.fja]
  • Rhymes: -afja
  • Syllabification: ma‧fia

Noun[edit]

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. Mafia (Italian Mafia)
  2. Mafia (any criminal organization)
    Synonym: cartel

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]