Mafia meaning

mä'fē-ə
A secret criminal organization operating mainly in Sicily since the early 1800s and known for its intimidation of and retribution against law enforcement officials and witnesses.
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A secret criminal organization operating mainly in the United States and Italy and engaged in illegal activities such as gambling, drug-dealing, protection, and prostitution.
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Any of various similar criminal organizations, especially when dominated by members of the same nationality.
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A tightly knit group of trusted associates, as of a political leader.
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In the U.S. and elsewhere, a secret society, of Italian origin, engaged in such illegal activities as gambling, prostitution, and illicit trade in narcotics.
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Any group engaged in organized crime.

The Russian mafia.

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Any exclusive, dominating group.
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(in compound terms such as "moral mafia") An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.

The digital mafia.

The literary mafia.

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(specifically) An international criminal organization of Sicilian origin operating in Italy and the United States.
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(by extension) Any organized crime syndicate operating internationally in high-level organized crime; often with a modifying adjective, such as a nationality.

Somehow he managed to upset the Russian Mafia.

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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".
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Alternative capitalization of mafia (an entity which attempts to control a specified arena).
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Origin of mafia

From Italian. Perhaps from Italian mafia (“spirit of hostility to the law") or from Sicilian mafia (“boldness, bravado"). See the Wikipedia article for more discussion of the origin of the word.