[ aw-mer-tah; English oh-mer-tuh ]
/ ˌɔ mɛrˈtɑ; English oʊˈmɛr tə /
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secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence.
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How to use omertà in a sentence
An evil act of intimidation like the Mafia uses is more likely, but this goes against the culture of the ‘omerta’.Vendetta in the Vineyard: Cult Brunello Producer Loses All His Wine|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This is because the elite officers who comprise the secret SEAL Team Six practice a Mafia-like code of Omerta.Will ‘No Easy Day’ Book on Bin Laden Raid Break SEALs Code of Silence?|Eli Lake|August 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Like the papacy, there appeared to be a code of omerta and patriarchy.Penn State's Joe Paterno and a Veil of Secrecy|Jacob Bernstein, Jessica Bennett|November 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The reader will observe how the silence of "the man of honor" is not remotely associated with the Omerta.
Out of this feeling grew the "Omerta," which paralyzes the arm of justice both in Naples and Sicily.
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
In point of fact, however, the "Omerta" is not confined to Italians.
British Dictionary definitions for omertà
/ Italian (omerˈta) /
a conspiracy of silence
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