As nouns the difference between mafia and bandit
is that mafia
is a crime syndicate while bandit
is one who robs others.
As a proper noun Mafia
is an international criminal organization of Sicilian origin operating in Italy and the United States.
* Maffia (less common)
(specifically) An international criminal organization of Sicilian origin operating in Italy and the United States.
(by extension) Any organized crime syndicate operating internationally in high-level organized crime; .
A party game modelling a conflict between an informed minority (the mafia) and an uninformed majority (the innocents). Each player is secretly assigned a role within one of these teams, and the innocents attempt to identify the mafia members before they are all "murdered".
(an entity which attempts to control a specified arena).
- Somehow he managed to upset the Russian Mafia .
* (organization of Sicilian origin) Cosa Nostra, mob
* (any organized crime syndicate) mob
* mafia state
one who robs others
one who cheats others
(military) An enemy aircraft.