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

Etymologies

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From Italian omertà.

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  • You can find a more detailed - and unfortunately true - definition on Wikipedia. :-(

    June 8, 2008

  • A code of silence among criminals (esp. the Mafia).

    June 8, 2008