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n. secret criminal organization which operates in the United States and Italy and other countries; any small group that controls or dominates an organization or field (also Mafia)
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The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) was a United Kingdom government department created by the Board of Agriculture Act 1889 and at that time called the Board of Agriculture, and then from 1903 the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, and from 1919 the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. It attained its final name in 1955 with the addition of responsibilities for the British food industry to the existing responsibilities for agriculture and the fishing industry, a name that lasted until the Ministry was dissolved in 2002, at which point its responsibilities had been merged into the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
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The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra) is a criminal syndicate that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century in Sicily, Italy. It is a loose association of criminal groups that share a common organizational structure and code of conduct, and whose common enterprise is protection racketeering. Each group, known as a "family", "clan", or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory in which it operates its rackets – usually a town or village or a neighbourhood (borgata) of a larger city. Its members call themselves "men of honour", although the public often refers to them as "mafiosi".
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1. a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
(synonym) Mafia, Cosa Nostra
(hypernym) syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, family
2. a secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
(synonym) Mafia, Sicilian Mafia
(hypernym) organized crime, gangland, gangdom
1. any tightly knit group of trusted associates
(hypernym) clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack, camp
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nf. maffia, underworld, organized crime, extensive network of criminals who work together to accomplish illegal activities without getting caught
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nf. mafia, secret criminal organization which operates in the United States and Italy and other countries, any small group that controls or dominates an organization or field (also Maffia)
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