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 for organized crime
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  organized crime \organized crime\ n.
     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.
     [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Syndicate \Syn"di*cate\, n. [Cf. F. syndicat, LL. syndicatus.]
     1. The office or jurisdiction of a syndic; a council, or body
        of syndics. --Bp. Burnet.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. An association of persons officially authorized to
        undertake some duty or to negotiate some business; also,
        an association of persons who combine to carry out, on
        their own account, a financial or industrial project; as,
        a syndicate of bankers formed to take up and dispose of an
        entire issue of government bonds.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A more or less organized association of criminals
        controlling some aspects of criminal activity, in a
        specific area or country-wide; -- used loosely as a
        synonym for organized crime or the mafia.
        [PJC]
  
     4. (Journalism) a commercial organization that purchases
        various journalistic items, such as articles, columns, or
        comic strips, from their individual creators, and resells
        them to newspapers or other periodicals for simultaneous
        publication over a wide area.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  organized crime
      n 1: underworld organizations [syn: organized crime,
           gangland, gangdom]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "organized crime":
     Black Hand, Cosa Nostra, Mafia, black market, bootlegging,
     gambling, gangdom, gangland, gray market, illegal commerce,
     illegal operations, illegitimate business, illicit business,
     loan-sharking, moonshining, narcotics traffic, prostitution,
     protection racket, racket, shady dealings, the Mafia, the mob,
     the rackets, the syndicate, the underworld, traffic in women,
     usury, white slavery
  
  

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