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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
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The omerta - a Mafia vow of silence -will be included in new contracts for next year's series.
For more than 40 years New York wiseguy Gaspare "Gary" Valenti, a trusted side-kick of the real-life Jimmy, kept that omerta - the mafia's solemn code of silence and foiled the FBI.
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Blame the 80 percent of good cops who have a Mafia-like omerta, code of silence, and refuse to testify against their fellow officers.
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This gives the author the chance to subject Macbeth and other police officers to a type of omerta in the small northern Scottish village where the crime took place.
Sometimes this means it can be a very insular, self- congratulatory place that collectively anguishes about the menace of right- wing trollery, but in cases like this, it also means these are the journalists who don't feel bound to the laws of omerta that used to ensure the media didn't go after its own.
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USADA chief executive Travis Tygart welcomed the UCI decision and called for the world governing body to break free from the past by challenging omerta, a code of silence within the peloton which allowed doping to flourish.
When read alongside the report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency which explains why it stripped Lance Armstrong of seven Tour titles, perhaps cycling's omerta, which prevented writers and journalists from revealing the extent of drug-taking across the professional ranks can finally end.
The baby of the family grew up amid secrets and silence, sworn to an unspoken oath of omerta by virtue of her dad's position as the nation's No.