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[aw-mer-tah; English oh-mer-tuh]
noun Italian.
  1. secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence.
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  • In point of fact, however, the "Omerta" is not confined to Italians.

  • Out of this feeling grew the "Omerta," which paralyzes the arm of justice both in Naples and Sicily.

  • The reader will observe how the silence of "the man of honor" is not remotely associated with the Omerta.

  • 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


  1. a conspiracy of silence
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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).

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