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MAFIA

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Mafia mean? 

MAFIA (noun)
  The noun MAFIA has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: MAFIA used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MAFIA (noun)


Sense 1Mafia [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

Cosa Nostra; Maffia; Mafia

Hypernyms ("Mafia" is a kind of...):

crime syndicate; family; mob; syndicate (a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities)

Meronyms (members of "Mafia"):

mafioso (a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States)

Domain member category:

omerta (a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities)


Sense 2Mafia [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

Sicilian Mafia; Maffia; Mafia

Hypernyms ("Mafia" is a kind of...):

gangdom; gangland; organized crime (underworld organizations)

Meronyms (members of "Mafia"):

mafioso (a member of the Sicilian Mafia)

Domain category:

act of terrorism; terrorism; terrorist act (the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)


Sense 3mafia [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any tightly knit group of trusted associates

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

maffia; mafia

Hypernyms ("mafia" is a kind of...):

camp; clique; coterie; ingroup; inner circle; pack (an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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