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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ the legal mafia
▪ But the drug mafia also has infiltrated other law-enforcement agencies, the army captain alleged.
▪ Collusion between the mafia, police and political parties was routine for decades.
▪ Confronted with Dolle I felt myself becoming a punk mafia dude.
▪ He opened a haulage firm, sold jewellery and developed property interests in Miami, allegedly working with the mafia.
▪ Or will the 40-year economic blockade be maintained simply to satisfy the second-generation Miami mafia?
▪ These days they were more likely to be arm-breakers from the Bombay mafia.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

organized crime \organized crime\ n. Groups of persons organized for illegal purposes, such as bootlegging, conducting illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion, etc.; -- a general term encompassing most forms of criminal groups, but especially those that are consolidated into ``families'' more or less recognizing each other's different regions of operation; sometimes considered synonymous with the mafia or the syndicate.


Syndicate \Syn"di*cate\, n. [Cf. F. syndicat, LL. syndicatus.]

  1. The office or jurisdiction of a syndic; a council, or body of syndics.
    --Bp. Burnet.

  2. An association of persons officially authorized to undertake some duty or to negotiate some business; also, an association of persons who combine to carry out, on their own account, a financial or industrial project; as, a syndicate of bankers formed to take up and dispose of an entire issue of government bonds.

  3. A more or less organized association of criminals controlling some aspects of criminal activity, in a specific area or country-wide; -- used loosely as a synonym for organized crime or the mafia.

  4. (Journalism) a commercial organization that purchases various journalistic items, such as articles, columns, or comic strips, from their individual creators, and resells them to newspapers or other periodicals for simultaneous publication over a wide area.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1875, from Italian Mafia "Sicilian secret society of criminals" (the prevailing sense outside Sicily), earlier, "spirit of hostility to the law and its ministers," from Italian (Sicilian) mafia "boldness, bravado," probably from Arabic mahjas "aggressive, boasting, bragging." Or perhaps from Old French mafler "to gluttonize, devour." A member is a mafioso (1870), fem. mafiosa, plural mafiosi.


n. 1 A crime syndicate. 2 A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader. 3 (context in compound terms such as "moral mafia" English) An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.

Mafia (party game)

Mafia, also known as Werewolf, is a party game created in the USSR by Dmitry Davidoff in 1986 modelling a conflict between an informed minority, the mafia, and an uninformed majority, the innocents. At the start of the game, each player is secretly assigned a role affiliated with one of these teams. The game has two alternating phases: night, during which the mafia may covertly "murder" an innocent, and day, in which surviving players debate the identities of the mafia and vote to eliminate a suspect. Play continues until all of the mafia have been eliminated or until the mafia outnumbers the innocents.


A mafia is a type of organized crime syndicate whose primary activities are protection racketeering, the arbitration of disputes between criminals, and the organizing and oversight of illegal agreements and transactions. Mafias often engage in secondary activities such as gambling, loan sharking, drug-trafficking, and fraud.

The term was originally applied to the Sicilian Mafia, but has since expanded to encompass other organizations of similar methods and purpose, e.g., "the Russian Mafia" or "the Japanese Mafia". The term is applied informally by the press and public; the criminal organizations themselves have their own terms (e.g. the Sicilian Mafia calls itself "Cosa Nostra" and the Japanese Mafia calls itself " yakuza"). When used alone and without any qualifier, "Mafia" or "the Mafia" typically refers to either the Sicilian Mafia or the Italian-American Mafia, and sometimes Italian organized crime in general (e.g. Camorra, 'Ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita, etc.)

Mafia (Black Label Society album)

Mafia is the sixth studio album by heavy metal band Black Label Society, released March 8, 2005. It is one of the band's most commercially successful releases selling over 250,000 copies in the U.S. The track "In This River" was written before the death of Zakk Wylde's friend and fellow guitarist Dimebag Darrell, but it has since been dedicated to him.

Mafia (1993 film)

Mafia is a 1993 Malayalam film directed by Shaji Kailas. Scripted by Renji Panicker, with Suresh Gopi, Janardhanan, Tiger Prabhakar, Babu Antony, Vijayaraghavan, Vikram Kennedy and Geetha in lead roles, this film revolved around Bangalore underworld.

Mafia (1996 film)

'Mafia ' is a 1996 Hindi-language Indian arthouse action film directed by Aziz Sejawal and starring Dharmendra, Aditya Pancholi, Somy Ali, Gulshan Grover, Mohan Joshi and Raza Murad.

Mafia (Fleshgod Apocalypse album)

Mafia is the first EP by Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse. The album was released on May 18, 2010, through Willowtip Records. It was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Stefano "Saul" Morabito.

Mafia (video game)

Mafia is a third-person shooter video game developed by Illusion Softworks (now 2K Czech) and published by Gathering of Developers. The game was released for Microsoft Windows in August 2002, and later ported to the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox consoles in 2004, in North America and Europe. The game allows the player to take on the role of Tommy Angelo, a mafioso who has to accomplish various missions in order to advance in the game.

Mafia received positive reviews for the Windows version, with critics praising the game for its realism, while the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the game received mixed reviews. A sequel, Mafia II by 2K Czech, was released in August 2010, and a third game titled Mafia III by Hangar 13 is scheduled for a 2016 release.

Mafia (B.U.G. Mafia album)

Mafia is the debut studio album by Romanian hip hop group B.U.G. Mafia, released September 20, 1995 on local Bucharest-based label Amma Sound. Production for the album was handled by group member and founder Tataee, with various composers and keyboardists giving co-production. Heavily influenced by N.W.A. and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the album has been viewed as the pioneering record of gangsta rap in Romania. With its ever-present profanity and violent lyrics, it helped to give birth to this then-new genre of music in Romania. As hip hop music was quite new in Romania at the time, the album attracted many rock fans, who appreciated the group's aggressive approach towards music.

In spite of poor sound quality and practically no professional promotion, Mafia achieved moderate success and quite favorable reviews. The album is still known for being the third hip hop album to be released in Romania by a record label. It had 15 tracks and featured guest performances from M&G, Marijuana, Coco, Vlad "Ben" Blându and actress Rona Hartner.

Mafia (The Office)

"Mafia" is the 6th episode of the sixth season of the U.S. comedy series The Office and the show's 106th episode overall and originally aired on October 15, 2009 on NBC.

The series—presented as if it were a real documentary—depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In this episode, Michael Scott ( Steve Carell) becomes convinced that an insurance salesman visiting the office is a part of the mafia, and Dwight Schrute ( Rainn Wilson) and Andy Bernard ( Ed Helms) accompany Michael to a meeting with him. Meanwhile, Kevin Malone ( Brian Baumgartner) accidentally cancels Jim's credit card, while Jim Halpert ( John Krasinski) and Pam Halpert ( Jenna Fischer) are on their honeymoon in Puerto Rico.

It was written by Brent Forrester and directed by David Rogers. "Mafia" received positive reviews from critics and was viewed by an estimated 8.03 million viewers and received a 4.1/10 in the 18-49 demographic.

Mafia (disambiguation)

Mafia is a term used to refer to certain kinds of family- or culture-based organized crime enterprises. However, the term originally applied only to the Sicilian Mafia, and when used alone and without any qualifier, "Mafia" or "the Mafia" typically refers to either the Sicilian Mafia or its American offshoot, the Italian-American Mafia, and may also refer to Italian organized crime in general. It may also refer to:

Mafia (upcoming film)

Mafia is an upcoming Bengali Language drama film directed by Raj Chakraborty and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and Grassroot Entertainment.

Mafia (series)

Mafia is a series of action-adventure video games developed by 2K Czech (formerly Illusion Softworks) with the upcoming release by Hangar 13, and published by 2K Games.

Games in the Mafia series are set in fictional locales modeled after American cities, and usually take place in a historical setting, from Great Depression-era Lost Heaven in the original game, to 1960s New Orleans in Mafia III. Gameplay focuses on an open world where the player can choose missions to progress an overall story, as well as engaging in side activities, albeit in a more linear manner. The Freeride Extreme game mode in The City of Lost Heaven and expansion packs for Mafia II, however, allow players to trigger missions from the open world.

The three games in the Mafia series focus around different protagonists who attempt to rise (and subsequently fall out of favour or are disillusioned with the illicit lifestyle) through the ranks of the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. The antagonists are commonly characters who have betrayed the protagonist or his organisation, or characters who have the most impact impeding the protagonist's progress.

Usage examples of "mafia".

He is the leader of the Bianco crime family, the most powerful Mafia family in this country.

Unlike some Mafia families, the Biancos were fanatic about making certain that their Chairman, as they called him, was not being followed by the press, which was constantly trying to snap his picture.

The bank quickly expanded its activities and became the principal bank used by Lansky and his mobster associates for laundering money garnered from prostitution, drugs and other Mafia rackets.

Mafia hit the poor bastard because they mistook him for a fellow mafioso who owed money to the mob.

Opus, which he ran with obscure criterialike a Mafia shrouded in whitenot accepting papal magisterium when it failed to coincide with his way of thinking.

Mafia Winsome, mateless, stood undressed before the mirror, contemplating herself and little else.

And Mafia Winsome, mateless, stood undressed before the mirror, contemplating herself and little else.

USA Meeja Studies Mafia, police will have to make at least a pretence of looking elsewhere for their killer.

The father was murdered by contract, and his family, except for the daughter, had resigned themselves to his violent death by the Mafia.

Rocco Nobile, had come into the town, gotten himself installed as mayor and was now turning the city over to the Mafia.

The velocity of the heavier car swung the Mercedes into a centrifugal tailspin, almost welding it to the side of the Mafia vehicle in another shattering impact.

Hitler, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Nixon, Hoover, Mafia, CIA, Reagan, Kissinger, that collection of names and their tragic interweaving that stood not constellated above in any nightwide remotenesses of light, but below, diminished to the last unfaceable American secret, to be pressed, each time deeper, again and again beneath the meanest of random soles, one blackly fermenting leaf on the forest floor that nobody wanted to turn over, because of all that lived, virulent, waiting, just beneath.

The Japanese Yakuza, the Mafia, all the terrorists and extortionists in the world know different.

Just as Fascism in its time seized upon the ancient terroristic and blackmailing Mafia in Sicily and partly annexed it, partly changed it and so superseded it, just as the Nazi movement incorporated large chunks of the Communist party in its efforts to reformulate Germany, so now the Modern State fellowship grappled with the world-wide series of organizations which had superseded democratic institutions nearly everywhere, made every effort to capture the imaginations of their adherents, and showed the most unscrupulous boldness in seizing their direction whenever it could.

If the media ever found out that Slattery had handed the Russians to the Mafia, that he had made murder possible, both he and the bureau would have been sliced, diced, and tat toed Calling it a scandal would be like calling Vietnam a skirmish.