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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
omerta- The code of silence in the Mafia, from the Italian word for "humility."
See also related terms for silence.
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|Noun||1.||omerta - a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities|