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 (ō-mûr′tə, ō′mĕr-tä′)
A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization.

[Italian omertà, probably from alteration (influenced by Sicilian omu, man) of Spanish hombredad, manliness, from Spanish hombre, man; see ombre.]


a conspiracy of silence


- The code of silence in the Mafia, from the Italian word for "humility."
See also related terms for silence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.omerta - a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities
code, codification - a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones)
Cosa Nostra, Maffia, Mafia - a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia