Mafia
I. noun Etymology: Mafia, Maffia, a Sicilian secret criminal society, from Italian dialect (Sicily), probably from mafiusu Date: 1875 1. a. a secret criminal society of Sicily or Italy b. a similarly conceived criminal organization in the United States; also a similar organization elsewhere <
the Japanese Mafia
>
c. a criminal organization associated with a particular traffic <
the cocaine Mafia
>
2. often not capitalized a group of people likened to the Mafia; especially a group of people of similar interests or backgrounds prominent in a particular field or enterprise ; clique II. geographical name island Tanzania in Indian Ocean S of Zanzibar area 170 square miles (442 square kilometers), population 16,748

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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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