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mafioso

[mah-fee-oh-soh] /ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ soʊ/
noun, plural mafiosi
[mah-fee-oh-see] /ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ si/ (Show IPA),
mafiosos. (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a member of a Mafia or of a mafia.
Origin of mafioso
1870-1875
1870-75; < Italian, equivalent to Mafi(a) Mafia + -oso < Latin -ōsus (see -ous)
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  • The ancestors of the mafiosi used to call themselves Cristiani—that is Men in the sense of men of courage and silence.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
British Dictionary definitions for mafiosi

mafioso

/ˌmæfɪˈəʊsəʊ; Italian mafiˈoso/
noun (pl) -sos, -si (Italian) (-si)
1.
a person belonging to the Mafia
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