organized crime

Definition of organized crime

n.1.Groups of persons organized for illegal purposes, such as bootlegging, conducting illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion, etc.; - a general term encompassing most forms of criminal groups, but especially those that are consolidated into "families" more or less recognizing each other's different regions of operation; sometimes considered synonymous with the mafia or the syndicate.

Related Words

Black Hand, Camorra, crime syndicate, family, gang, gangdom, gangland, Maffia, Mafia, mob, pack, ring, Sicilian Mafia, social group, syndicate, underworld, yakuza
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