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English noun: Mafia

1. Mafia (group) a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia


SynonymsCosa Nostra, Maffia


Broader (hypernym)crime syndicate, family, mob, syndicate


Member holonymmafioso


Domain category membersomerta

2. Mafia (group) a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century


SynonymsMaffia, Sicilian Mafia


Broader (hypernym)gangdom, gangland, organized crime


Member holonymmafioso


Domain categoryact of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act

3. mafia (group) any tightly knit group of trusted associates


Synonymsmaffia


Broader (hypernym)camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack


Domain usagecolloquialism









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