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Gangs vs. Mafia — What's the Difference?

Gangs vs. Mafia — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Gangs and Mafia

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Gangs

A group of adolescents who band together, especially a group of delinquents.
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Mafia

A secret criminal organization operating mainly in Sicily since the early 1800s and known for its intimidation of and retribution against law enforcement officials and witnesses.
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Gangs

A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.
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Mafia

A mafia is a type of organized crime syndicate whose primary activities are protection racketeering, arbitrating disputes between criminals, and brokering and enforcing illegal agreements and transactions. Mafias often engage in secondary activities such as gambling, loan sharking, drug-trafficking, prostitution, and fraud.
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Gangs

(Informal) A group of people who associate regularly on a social basis
The whole gang from the office went to a clambake.
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Mafia

A secret criminal organization operating mainly in the United States and Italy and engaged in illegal activities such as gambling, drug-dealing, protection, and prostitution.
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Gangs

A group of laborers organized together on one job or under one foreperson
A railroad gang.
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Mafia

Any of various similar criminal organizations, especially when dominated by members of the same nationality.
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Gangs

A matched or coordinated set, as of tools
A gang of chisels.
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Mafia

Often mafia(Informal) A tightly knit group of trusted associates, as of a political leader
"[He] is one of the personal mafia that [the chancellor] brought with him to Bonn" (Christian Science Monitor).
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Gangs

A pack of wolves or wild dogs.
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Mafia

A hierarchically structured secret organisation engaged in illegal activities like distribution of narcotics, gambling and extortion.
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Gangs

A herd, especially of buffalo or elk.
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Mafia

A crime syndicate.
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Gangs

Variant of gangue.
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Mafia

A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader.
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Gangs

Worthless rock or other material in which valuable minerals are found.
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Mafia

An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.
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Gangs

To band together as a group or gang.
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Mafia

See maffia, maffioso.
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Gangs

To arrange or assemble into a group, as for simultaneous operation or production
Gang several pages onto one printing plate.
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Mafia

A crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
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Gangs

To attack as an organized group.
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Mafia

A secret terrorist group in Sicily; originally opposed tyranny but evolved into a criminal organization in the middle of the 19th century
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Gangs

Plural of gang
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Mafia

Any tightly knit group of trusted associates
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