Definitions of Mafia

n a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia

Cosa Nostra, Maffia
Type of:
crime syndicate, family, mob, syndicate
a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

n a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century

Maffia, Sicilian Mafia
Type of:
gangdom, gangland, organized crime
underworld organizations

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