omertà

[ aw-mer-tah; English oh-mer-tuh ]
/ ˌɔ mɛrˈtɑ; English oʊˈmɛr tə /
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noun Italian.

secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence.
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omertà

/ Italian (omerˈta) /

noun

a conspiracy of silence
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Word Origin and History for omerta

omerta


n.

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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