organized crime

(noun) A formal organization with a hierarchical power structure, a clear division of labor, and a network of resources that is focused on illegal activities such a drug trafficking or prostitution.

Example: The Mafia (also called Cosa Nostra), a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia.

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Usage Notes:

  • Organized crime is studied in criminology.
  • A type of crime.
  • Also called syndicated crime.

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