Definition of Omerta

1. Noun. A code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities.

Generic synonyms: Code, Codification
Category relationships: Cosa Nostra, Maffia, Mafia



Definition of Omerta

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of omertà) ¹

2. Noun. A code of silence amongst members of a criminal organization (especially the Mafia) that forbids divulging insider secrets to law enforcement. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Omerta

1. the Mafia code of honour [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Omerta

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omerta (current term)
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Literary usage of Omerta

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1. Sicily, the New Winter Resort: An Encyclopaedia of Sicily by Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen (1907)
"It is generally believed among foreigners that the arrogant and oppressive spirit referred to in omerta and mafia, which tends to elude the courts of ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1877)
"THE " MAFIA'" AND " omerta " IN SICILY. WHEN, some months ago now, a deputation of London merchants interested in the trade with Sicily waited upon Lord ..."

3. Social and Religious Life of Italians in America by Enrico C. Sartorio, Henry Charles Sartorio (1918)
"omerta."—Different types of Italians and their general characteristics.—The Neapolitan.—The Sicilian.—Language and dialects.—The professional class. ..."

4. Picturesque Sicily by William Agnew Paton (1897)
"Silence and mystery are, therefore, the foundations of omerta. Unless he keep silent, a Mafioso cannot be a man (1* omu) as the word is defined by omerta. ..."

5. Courts, Criminals and the Camorra by Arthur Cheney Train (1912)
"Out of this feeling grew the "omerta," which paralyzes the arm of justice both in Naples and Sicily. The late Marion Crawford thus summed up the Sicilian ..."

6. Courts, Criminals and the Camorra by Arthur Cheney Train (1912)
"Out of this feeling grew the "omerta," which paralyzes the arm of justice both in Naples and Sicily. The late Marion Crawford thus summed up the Sicilian ..."

7. Italy in the Nineteenth Century and the Making of Austria-Hungary and Germany by Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer, A.C. McClurg & Co (1896)
"The keynote of of the whole alliance is omerta, — a word derived, some say, ... Some, however, think that the word omerta is derived from " humility," — an ..."

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