- secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence.
Examples from the Web for omerta
Contemporary Examples of omerta
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?
August 24, 2012
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
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
Historical Examples of omerta
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"
- a conspiracy of silence
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).