Mafia

The Mafia is a crime group working in many parts of the world that was created in Italy more than 200 years ago. The mafia makes money from crime. They make billions of dollars a year from such crimes as making and selling illegal drugs, money laundering, from stealing, gambling and prostitution.

etymology

the first written use of the word mafia has it being said on a list of rebels against the catholic church it meant "boldness, ambition,pride" and since none of these were considered appropriate for a woman it is the name of a witch. Many people also believe that Arabic affected the word 'mafia' during the period of Arab control of Sicily, after the fall of the Roman Empire in 846 AD. 'Mahias' is an Arab word meaning 'bold man', and this is believed to be incorporated into the modern term mafia, which also suggests the bold and argumentative nature of its constituents.

Other Languages
العربية: مافيا
azərbaycanca: Mafiya
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Мафія
български: Мафия
bosanski: Mafija
brezhoneg: Mafia
català: Màfia
čeština: Mafie
Cymraeg: Maffia
dansk: Mafia
Deutsch: Mafia
eesti: Maffia
Ελληνικά: Μαφία
English: Mafia
español: Mafia
Esperanto: Mafio
euskara: Mafia
فارسی: مافیا
français: Mafia
Gaeilge: Maifia
한국어: 마피아
Հայերեն: Մաֆիա
हिन्दी: माफ़िया
hrvatski: Mafija
Ido: Mafio
Bahasa Indonesia: Mafia
italiano: Mafia
עברית: מאפיה
ქართული: მაფია
қазақша: Мафия
Latina: Mafia
latviešu: Mafija
lietuvių: Mafija
magyar: Maffia
македонски: Мафија
മലയാളം: മാഫിയ
Malti: Mafja
Bahasa Melayu: Mafia
Nederlands: Maffia
日本語: マフィア
Napulitano: Mafia
norsk: Mafia
occitan: Màfia
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Mafiya
polski: Mafia
português: Máfia
română: Mafie
русский: Мафия
Scots: Mafia
shqip: Mafia
sicilianu: Mafia
slovenčina: Mafia
slovenščina: Mafija
српски / srpski: Мафија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Mafija
suomi: Mafia
svenska: Maffia
Tagalog: Mafia
тоҷикӣ: Мафия
Türkçe: Mafya
українська: Мафія
اردو: مافیا
vèneto: Mafia
vepsän kel’: Mafii
Tiếng Việt: Mafia
Winaray: Mafia
ייִדיש: מאפיא
粵語: 黑手黨
中文: 黑手党