Mafa

Mafa

(?) prop. n.. (Linguistics) A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad; called also Matakam.
[WordNet 1.6]

{

Maf"fi*a

(?),

Ma"fi*a

(?) }, n. [It. maffia.] 1. 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. [wns=2]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. 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. [wns=1]
Syn. -- syndicate, mob, Cosa Nostra, La Cosa Nostra, organized crime.
[WordNet 1.6 + PJC]

3. Any tightly knit group of trusted associates having strong control or influence in some area; as, Kennedy and his Irish Mafia. [informal] [wns=3]
[PJC]

 

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