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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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