Meaning of Mafia
Pronunciation: (mä'fē-u, maf'ē-u), [key]
- a hierarchically structured secret organization allegedly engaged in smuggling, racketeering, trafficking in narcotics, and other criminal activities in the U.S., Italy, and elsewhere.
- (in Sicily)
- (l.c.) a popular spirit of hostility to legal restraint and to the law, often manifesting itself in criminal acts.
- a 19th-century secret society, similar to the Camorra in Naples, that acted in this spirit.
- (often l.c.) any small powerful or influential group in an organization or field; clique.
- mafia (Thesaurus)