from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization.
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- n. Alternative spelling of omertà.
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- n. a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities
Rarely, if ever, has a Vatican official used the word "omerta" - a serious accusation in Italian -- to compare the reluctance of some in the Church to come clean on the abuse scandal with the Mafia's code of silence.
He asked Mr Murdoch if he had heard of the mafia and then asked if he had heard the phrase 'omerta', the mafia code of silence.
Tom Watson asked James Murdoch, who is facing the Commons Select Committee for the second time, whether he was familiar with the mafia term 'omerta' - commonly defined as a "code of silence".
But on Wednesday the Vatican's top official for dealing with sexual abuse of minors, Monsignor Charles Scicluna, said hiding behind a culture of "omerta" - the Italian word for the Mafia's code of silence - would be deadly for the Church.
Venitis Greek omerta is code of silence against the Greek people!
phone hacking, Tom Watson MP asked James Murdoch whether he was familiar with the mafia term 'omerta' - commonly defined as a "code of silence".
And in a final slap to the Italian detective, Mr. Lally noted that Pellicano's computer passwords always included the term "omerta" -- the Sicilian word for code of silence.
Another reason for the mafia's apparent decline is the death of "omerta" -- the code of silence.
"A mafioso is paranoid about everything" - trusting the mafia code of silence - "omerta" - more than the medical code of patient confidentiality.
Paranoia and its tactical cousins, stonewalling and total enforcement of the Sicilian code of silence known as omerta, are supposed to be the first strategic blunders one learns about in an MBA crisis management course.
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