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omertà Line breaks: om¦ertà
Pronunciation: /ˌəʊmɛːˈtɑː/
Pronunciation: /omerˈta/

Definition of omertà in English:


[mass noun]
(Among the Mafia) a code of silence about criminal activity and a refusal to give evidence to the police: loyal to the oath of omertà
More example sentences
  • And then it is all locked down in a code of omertà: Enron is a strong buy!
  • On the euro itself, Brown imposed oaths of omertà, lest even a small sign of didactic enthusiasm be mistaken for serious intent to enter.
  • Their omertà, or vow of silence, is made easier by the anonymity of the Web.


Italian dialect, variant of umiltà 'humility'.

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