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noun
Mafia, Maffia  n.  
1.
A secret society which organized in Sicily as a political organization, but is now widespread among Italians, and is used to further or protect private interests, reputedly by illegal methods; called also the Sicilian Mafia.
2.
A group of loosely associated of criminal organizations in the United States, some having ties to the Sicilian Mafia, and organized in "families"; the term is applied to the entire group of organizations, or to any one local group. Also, loosely, organized groups of criminals anywhere, as the Russian mafia.
Synonyms: syndicate, mob, Cosa Nostra, La Cosa Nostra, organized crime.
3.
Any tightly knit group of trusted associates having strong control or influence in some area; as, Kennedy and his Irish Mafia. (informal)






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Words linked to "Mafia" :   maffia, syndicate, crime syndicate, pack, coterie, act of terrorism, mafioso, omerta, colloquialism, terrorism, Cosa Nostra, Sicilian Mafia, terrorist act, clique, camp, gangland, gangdom, ingroup, mob, organized crime



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