mafia
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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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}. [PJC]

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. [PJC]


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  • mafia — mafia …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Mafia — (auch: Maffia) war ursprünglich die Bezeichnung für einen streng hierarchischen Geheimbund, der seine Macht durch Erpressung, Gewalt und politische Einflussnahme zu festigen und auszubauen versucht und seine Wurzeln im Sizilien des 19.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MAFIA — «Comme elle a de la mafia ! Qu’elle est donc mafiusedda », s’écriait souvent le Palermais croisant une jolie fille. Car, en sicilien populaire, ce mot évoquait la grâce, le chic, l’aisance, l’allure. Mais de nos jours le mot «mafia» n’a plus… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • mafia — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. ż IIb, lm D. mafiafii {{/stl 8}}{{stl 20}} {{/stl 20}}{{stl 12}}1. {{/stl 12}}{{stl 7}} mocno rozbudowana organizacja przestępcza działająca okrutnie i bezwzględnie, korzystająca w swej działalności z wpływów w świecie… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • Mafia — pronounced maf i ǝ, is spelt with a capital initial when it refers to the organized international body of criminals in Sicily, southern Italy, and the US; a member of the Mafia is a Mafioso (maf i oh zoh), plural Mafiosi (maf i oh zi). The form… …   Modern English usage

  • mafia — (n.) 1875, from It. Mafia Sicilian secret society of criminals (the prevailing sense outside Sicily), earlier, spirit of hostility to the law and its ministers, from It. (Sicilian) mafia boldness, bravado, probably from Arabic mahjas aggressive,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mafia — sustantivo femenino 1. (preferentemente con mayúscula) Organización secreta criminal originaria de Sicilia, que impone su ley por la violencia: La policía detuvo a un importante capo de la mafia. 2. Pragmática: peyorativo. Organización que emplea …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • mafia — (Del it. mafia). 1. f. Organización criminal de origen siciliano. 2. Cualquier organización clandestina de criminales. 3. Grupo organizado que trata de defender sus intereses. La mafia del teatro. 4. P. Rico. Engaño, trampa, ardid …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Mafia — ► NOUN 1) (the Mafia) an international criminal organization originating in Sicily. 2) (mafia) a group exerting a hidden sinister influence. ORIGIN Italian, originally meaning bragging …   English terms dictionary

  • Mafia — (auch Maffia) Sf (eine verbrecherische Geheimorganisation) erw. exot. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus it. maf(f)ia (eigentlich Überheblichkeit, Anmaßung ). Täterbezeichnung: Mafioso.    Ebenso nndl. maffia, ne. maf(f)ia, nfrz. maf(f)ia, nschw …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • máfia — s. f. 1. Organização clandestina de criminosos, de origem siciliana. 2.  [Por extensão] Qualquer organização clandestina de criminosos. = CAMORRA   ‣ Etimologia: italiano mafia …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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