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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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Filmmaker Hansal Mehta says Omerta, starring Rajkummar Rao, will expose state-sponsored terrorism.
Other highlights include Nagraj Manjule's short film An Essay of the Rain, Ben Rekhi's The Ashram starring Kal Penn, Vaishali Sinha's Ask The Sexpert about 93-year old sex advice columnist Mahinder Watsa, The Hungry, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra, Hansal Mehta's Omerta and Nila Madhab Panda's Kadvi Hawa.
The gods' indifference, arrogance, insensitivity and insincerity lead me to think that the deafening silence I'm now hearing must be exactly like the one which prevails in omerta, or the sepulchral silence that walks and lives in the many graveyards and killing fields in our country.
The omerta - a Mafia vow of silence -will be included in new contracts for next year's series.
La omerta, la ley del silencio, es regla de oro de las manas italianas: la Cosa Nostra, que opera en Sicilia; la Camorra, en la region de la Campania, y la 'Ndrangheta, en Calabria, al extremo sur de la peninsula.
Blame the 80 percent of good cops who have a Mafia-like omerta, code of silence, and refuse to testify against their fellow officers.
His investigations hint at secrets held for centuries, revenge, and omerta in the arcane, twisting corridors of the Vatican itself.
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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.
This year will also see The Shambolix, Beeza & The Wild Cats, Word for Word, Audiobloom, Root Chords, Sparrowhawks and the Synotal, Prophecy & Omerta.