the Mafia


: a secret criminal organization in Italy

Examples of the Mafia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After nearly being killed during an attack by the Mafia in the season 2 finale, queenpin Raquel Thomas (Patina Miller) will face a mountain of problems when the show returns. Alamin Yohannes,, 30 Nov. 2023 What Rudy and Cuomo shared was the fact that they were expected to speak as Italians about the Mafia. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 14 Jan. 2024 The authorities had suspected the Mafia’s involvement, but the case remained unsolved and the investigation closed until Mr. Asaro was arrested in 2014, linking him and the Bonanno crime family to the robbery. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Hundreds of people, including a former lawmaker, were sentenced to prison in a trial that prosecutors said dealt a crucial blow to the Mafia in southern Italy. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 His 1975 disappearance was never solved, and he was declared legally dead in 1982, widely believed to have been murdered by the Mafia. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 The case is just the latest embarrassment for the DEA, following the arrest of a standout agent in Colombia who laundered money for the cartels and spent lavishly on Tiffany jewels and VIP travel, and another accused of accepting $250,000 in bribes to protect the Mafia in Buffalo, New York. Byjoshua Goodman, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2023 The militias, compared by some to vigilantes in Mexico or the Mafia in Italy, fill the void left by a state that is either unwilling or unable to provide security or even basic services in many of the city’s impoverished slums. Paulina Villegas, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2023 For years, gangsters and builders had bribed and threatened politicians in Rome to win contracts for municipal construction projects and services, known as the Mafia Capitale case., 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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“The Mafia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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