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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

See Mafia. The sense "entity which attempts to control a specified arena" makes an analogy to crime-syndicate mafias' attempts to control certain kinds of business in the regions in which they exist.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mafia (plural mafias)

  1. A hierarchically structured secret organisation engaged in illegal activities like distribution of narcotics, gambling and extortion.
  2. A crime syndicate.
  3. A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader.
  4. (in compound terms such as "moral mafia") An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.
    the digital mafia
    the literary mafia

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DanishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English mafia.

NounEdit

mafia c (singular definite mafiaen, plural indefinite mafiaer)

  1. A mafia.

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FinnishEdit

NounEdit

mafia

  1. mafia

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of mafia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative mafia mafiat
genitive mafian mafioiden
mafioitten
partitive mafiaa mafioita
illative mafiaan mafioihin
singular plural
nominative mafia mafiat
accusative nom. mafia mafiat
gen. mafian
genitive mafian mafioiden
mafioitten
mafiainrare
partitive mafiaa mafioita
inessive mafiassa mafioissa
elative mafiasta mafioista
illative mafiaan mafioihin
adessive mafialla mafioilla
ablative mafialta mafioilta
allative mafialle mafioille
essive mafiana mafioina
translative mafiaksi mafioiksi
instructive mafioin
abessive mafiatta mafioitta
comitative mafioineen

FrenchEdit

NounEdit

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. The Mafia

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian mafia.

NounEdit

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. Mafia (Italian Mafia)
  2. Mafia (any criminal organisation)

SynonymsEdit

  • (criminal organisation): cartel

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ItalianEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Sicilian, of uncertain origin.[1] Most likely from Arabic مَاجَاس(mājās, bragging, boasting, aggressive)[2], though French mafler (to devour, gluttonize) is considered another possible source.

NounEdit

mafia f (plural mafie)

  1. The Mafia (International organized crime organization)
  2. mafia (Individual branch)
  3. arrogance

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DescendantsEdit

  • German: Mafia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ mafia in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  2. ^ Shanty, Mishra, Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism, Volume 1

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian mafia.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mafia f (plural mafias)

  1. Mafia (Italian Mafia)
  2. Mafia (any criminal organisation)
    Synonym: cartel

Derived termsEdit

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