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Origin and Meaning of Mafia

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
see maffia maffioso.
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  1. Any tightly knit group of trusted associates
  2. A secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
  3. A crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia

From Italian. Perhaps from Italian mafia (“spirit of hostility to the law”) or from Sicilian mafia (“boldness, bravado”). See the Wikipedia article for more discussion of the origin of the word.

  1. (specifically) An international criminal organization of Sicilian origin operating in Italy and the United States.
  2. (by extension) Any organized crime syndicate operating internationally in high-level organized crime; often with a modifying adjective, such as a nationality.
    Somehow he managed to upset the Russian .
  3. A party game modelling a conflict between an informed minority (the mafia) and an uninformed majority (the innocents). Each player is secretly assigned a role within one of these teams, and the innocents attempt to identify the mafia members before they are all "murdered".
  4. Alternative letter-case form of mafia (an entity which attempts to control a specified arena).

Mafia was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Mafia

Mafia Sasi is a film actor, stunt master, and actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1981. Mafia was given the name Sasidharan in Kannur, Kerala, India.


Fun Facts about the name Mafia

  • When was the first name Mafia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Mafia is Saturday, April 6th, 1912.
  • How unique is the name Mafia? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Mafia. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Mafia: Your name in reverse order is Aifam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mafia. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Mafia born May 7, 1953

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern China approximately on 1700. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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