in Sicily, a policy or code of keeping silent about crimes and refusing to cooperate with the police
Origin of omertàSicilian dialect, dialectal for Italian umiltà, literally , humility ( from Classical Latin humilitas), hence submission, acquiescence to group code
A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization.
Origin of omertaItalian omertà probably from alteration ( influenced by Sicilian omu, man ) of Spanish hombredad manliness from Spanish hombre man ; see ombre .
- Alternative spelling of omertÃ .