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Definition 1: a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for mafia in the sense of this definition

(mafia is a kind of ...) a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

(mafia is a member of ...) a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States

(mafia is the domain which ... is member of) a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities

Definition 2: a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for mafia in the sense of this definition

(mafia is a kind of ...) underworld organizations

(mafia is a member of ...) a member of the Sicilian Mafia

(mafia belongs to category ...) the calculated use of violence (or the 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

Definition 3: any tightly knit group of trusted associates - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for mafia in the sense of this definition

(mafia is a kind of ...) an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

(mafia is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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