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
Italian omertà, perhaps from dialectal alteration of umiltà, humility, modesty, from Latin humilitās; see humility.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)