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[aw-mer-tah; English oh-mer-tuh] /ˌɔ mɛrˈtɑ; English oʊˈmɛr tə/
noun, Italian.
secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In point of fact, however, the "omerta" is not confined to Italians.

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
  • Out of this feeling grew the "omerta," which paralyzes the arm of justice both in Naples and Sicily.

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
  • The reader will observe how the silence of "the man of honor" is not remotely associated with the omerta.

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
  • You received the kiss upon both cheeks, you accepted the salutation on the brow, you took the oath of the omerta!

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for omerta


a conspiracy of silence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for omerta

1909, from dialectal form of Italian umilta "humility," in reference to the code of submission of individuals to the group interest, from Latin humilitas (see humility).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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