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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


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

Domain usagecolloquialism

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