A crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia.
Dutch: maffia, mafia
Polish: cosa nostra
A secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century.
Any tightly knit group of trusted associates.
Moby thesaurus: Black Hand, Cosa Nostra, black market, bootlegging, gambling, gangdom, gangland, gray market, illegal commerce, illegal operations, illegitimate business, illicit business, loan-sharking, moonshining, narcotics traffic, organized crime, prostitution, protection racket, racket, shady dealings ... show more.
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