A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization.
In Sicily, a policy or code of keeping silent about crimes and refusing to cooperate with the police.
Webster's New World
Alternative spelling of omertà.
Origin of Omerta
Italian omertà probably from alteration (influenced by Sicilian omu, man) of Spanish hombredad manliness from Spanish hombre man ombre
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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