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English definition of “the mafia”

the mafia

noun
 
 
/ˈmæfiə/ US  /ˈmɑːfiə/
a large group of organized criminals: Drug-smuggling activities have been linked to the Mafia.Gangsters, thugs and criminal organizationsNamed organizations and societies and their members
(Definition of the mafia from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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