Associations to the word «Mafia»


MAFIA, proper noun. (specifically) An international criminal organization of Sicilian origin operating in Italy and the United States.
MAFIA, proper noun. (by extension) Any organized crime syndicate operating internationally in high-level organized crime; often with a modifying adjective, such as a nationality.
MAFIA, proper noun. 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".
MAFIA, proper noun. Alternative letter-case form of mafia (an entity which attempts to control a specified arena).
MAFIA, noun. A crime syndicate.
MAFIA, noun. A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader.
MAFIA, noun. (in compound terms such as "moral mafia") An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.
MAFIA STATE, noun. A system in which the government is tied with organized crime.
MAFIA STATES, noun. Plural of mafia state

Dictionary definition

MAFIA, noun. A crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia.
MAFIA, noun. A secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century.
MAFIA, noun. Any tightly knit group of trusted associates.

Wise words

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Nathaniel Hawthorne