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.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

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.

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Finnish[edit]

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
instructive mafioin
abessive mafiatta mafioitta
comitative mafioineen

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

mafia f ‎(plural mafias)

  1. The Mafia

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Italian[edit]

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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

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

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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