Mafia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mafia any tightly knit group of trusted associates
    • n Mafia a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
    • n Mafia 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
  • Interesting fact: The country of Tanzania has an island called Mafia.
    • Mafia 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.
    • Mafia 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.
    • Mafia Any tightly knit group of trusted associates having strong control or influence in some area; as, Kennedy and his Irish Mafia .
    • n Mafia see maffia maffioso.
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Quotations

  • Doug Horton
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    “Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. maffia,

Usage

In literature:

Anarchy Inc. Apple Mafia.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
He is connected with the Mafia, which, as you know, is a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder.
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He is connected with the Mafia, which, as you know, is a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder.
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
That tie makes you look like a Mafia murderer dressed for business.
"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber
They are Jews, they are the Serb mafia, or the Bulgarian.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
One spring night it was Mafia's watch until midnight, at which time Brinnaria was to relieve her.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
When things get bad, 'The Mafia' will take them up.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Fortunate that I had found them to lead me to the Mafia!
"The Day of the Boomer Dukes" by Frederik Pohl
There is no brigandage outside of Sicily, where the Mafia is not yet wholly suppressed.
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
Without omerta the mafia would hardly flourish, and the mafia is not so easy to understand.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
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In news:

27 indicted in Mexican Mafia drug case in Ventura County.
'Blonde Charity Mafia ' alum gets engaged.
Twenty-seven people have been indicted by a Ventura County grand jury in a street gang extortion case involving the Mexican Mafia .
Vito Rizzuto, right, reputed head of the Montreal Mafia , speaks with his attorney Jean Salois after his hearing in Montreal on Feb 6, 2004.
Seventeen people whom prosecutors say have ties to the Mexican Mafia prison gang were in court Monday and served with grand jury indictments listing felonies including conspiracy to commit crimes, street terrorism and extortion.
The show is called 'Amish Mafia '.
'Amish Mafia ' Coming To Discovery Channel.
Jazz Mafia 12-Year Anniversary with DJ QBERT, the Jazz Mafia Symphony, Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Aima The Dreamer, and more.
Discovery Channel Bets On AMISH MAFIA For Ratings.
Discovery digs into 'Amish Mafia '.
Gay anti- mafia politician breaks mold in Sicily.
Italy on Monday arrested a fisherman for supplying more than a ton of TNT recovered from unexploded World War Two bombs to the mafia , which used them in a wave of bombings that killed 21 people two decades ago.
Rantings from the Horse Mafia .
Belky's BLOG-New Music from SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA .
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA - "DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD".
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In science:

Figure 2: MAFIA time domain simulation of the dipole wake in the 32nd cell of TDS (top) and SICA structure (bottom).
Design of a 3 GHz Accelerator Structure for the CLIC Test Facility (CTF 3) Drive Beam
Mafia can be described as an experiment in human psychology and mass hysteria, or as a game between informed minority and uninformed majority. Focus on a very restricted setting, Mossel et al. [to appear in Ann.
A Theoretical Study of Mafia Games
Mafia can be described as an experiment in human psychology and mass hysteria, or as a game between informed minority and uninformed majority.
A Theoretical Study of Mafia Games
The history of mafia game can be traced to the 1970’s, when a game called Murder, which was the prototype of mafia game, had been played for many years . This is a game which can train one’s expressive ability, discrimination ability, imagination ability and acting ability, etc.
A Theoretical Study of Mafia Games
The game has common characteristics with many real life games, for example: workers, managers and stockholders at a company; students, teachers and management of a school; or citizens, the mafia and the police at a certain city.
A Theoretical Study of Mafia Games
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