Maffia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maffia any tightly knit group of trusted associates
    • n Maffia a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
    • n Maffia a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maffia A group of loosely associated of criminal organizations in the United States, some having ties to the Sicilian Mafia, and organized in “families”; the term is applied to the entire group of organizations, or to any one local group. Also, loosely, organized groups of criminals anywhere, as the Russian mafia.
    • Maffia A secret society which organized in Sicily as a political organization, but is now widespread among Italians, and is used to further or protect private interests, reputedly by illegal methods; called also the Sicilian Mafia.
    • Maffia Any tightly knit group of trusted associates having strong control or influence in some area; as, Kennedy and his Irish Mafia .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maffia In Sicily
    • n maffia a general sentiment of hostility to legal restraint or punishment, or to the invoking of the law for any purpose; also.
    • n maffia the collective number of those who sympathize with this hostility and often express it by criminal acts.
    • n maffia A supposed wide-spread secret society of Sicilians, or other Italians, leagued in opposition to the laws or for purposes of revenge by assassination.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. maffia,

Usage


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Nip/Tuck alum Roma Maffia has landed a multi-episode arc on Grey's Anatomy, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
In Dallas, Sherry Maffia used to dread getting her credit card bills.
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