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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Maffia  \Maf"fi*a\,  Mafia  \Ma"fi*a\,  n.  [It.  maffia.] 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  crime  syndicate  in  the  United  States;  organized  in 
  families;  believed  to  have  important  relations  to  the 
  Sicilian  Mafia  [syn:  {Mafia},  {Maffia},  {Cosa  Nostra}] 
  2:  a  secret  terrorist  group  in  Sicily;  originally  opposed 
  tyranny  but  evolved  into  a  criminal  organization  in  the 
  middle  of  the  19th  century  [syn:  {Mafia},  {Maffia},  {Sicilian 
  3:  (informal)  any  tightly  knit  group  of  trusted  associates 
  [syn:  {maffia}] 

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