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omertà

Definition:

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

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Usage:

Italian

Plural:

omertàs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

omerta [Italian]

Etymology:

dialect for Italian umiltà, literally, humility ( from Latin humilitas), hence...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Omertà

a popular cultural attitude and code of honour that places heavy importance on a deep-rooted "code of silence", non-cooperation with authorities, and non-interference in the illegal actions of others. It originated and remains very common in Southern ... (37 of 1610 words, pronunciation)

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Collins Dictionary:

omertà [Italian]

a conspiracy of silence (4 of 180 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/omertà

Oxford Dictionary:

omertà | omerta

(among the Mafia) a code of silence about criminal activity and a refusal to give evidence to the police (19 of 50 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/omertà

New World Dictionary:

omertà

in Sicily, a policy or code of keeping silent about crimes and refusing to cooperate with the police (18 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/omert-a

Wiktionary:

omertà | omerta

A code of silence amongst members of a criminal organization (especially the Mafia) that forbids divulging insider secrets to law enforcement. (21 of 35 words, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/omertà

Random House Dictionary:

omertà [Italian]

secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence. (8 of 16 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/omerta

Merriam-Webster:

omertà [foreign term]

conspiracy of silence (3 of 13 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/omerta

American Heritage Dictionary:

omerta

A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization. (20 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/omerta

Britannica Encyclopedia:

code [communications]

in communications, an unvarying rule for replacing a piece of information such as a letter, word, or phrase with an arbitrarily selected equivalent. ... (23 of 221 words, 7 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/123881​/code

Columbia Encyclopedia:

code | code, communications

in communications, set of symbols and rules for their manipulation by which the symbols can be made to carry information. By this extended definition ... (24 of 337 words)

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code

in law, in its widest sense any body of legal rules expressed in fixed and authoritative written form. A statute thus may be termed a code. Codes ... (27 of 303 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

code | codes [plural]

[countable/uncountable] a system of words, numbers, or signs used for ... | [countable] a set of rules about how something should be done or how ... (24 of 274 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/code

code [verb] | coded [past tense] | coding [present participle] | codes [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to mark something with a code that gives information about it ... | [transitive] to put a message in code so that it's secret | ... (24 of 95 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/code 21

Cambridge Dictionary:

code [entry 1]

a system of words, letters or signs which is used to represent a message in secret form, or a system of numbers, letters or signals which is used to ... (29 of 70 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/code 1

code [entry 2]

a set of rules which are accepted as general principles, or a set of ... | a set of principles that are accepted and used by society or a particular ... (29 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/code 2

code [entry 3]

to represent a message in code so that it can only be understood by the person who is meant to receive it (22 of 27 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/code 3

Encarta Dictionary:

omerta | omertà

the code requirement alleged to apply to members of the Mafia, by which they must remain silent about any crimes of which they have knowledge (25 of 61 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861634891​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

omertà

Origin: dialect for Italian umiltà, literally, humility ( from Latin humilitas), hence submission, acquiescence to group code

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/omert-a

Oxford Dictionary:

omertà | omerta

Origin: Italian dialect, variant of umiltà "humility"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/omertà

Wiktionary:

omertà

Origin: Italian omertà.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/omertà

Merriam-Webster:

omertà [foreign term]

Origin: Italian

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/omerta

American Heritage Dictionary:

omerta

Origin: Italian omertà, perhaps from dialectal alteration of umiltà, humility, modesty, from Latin humilitās; see "humility".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/omerta

Online Etymology:

omerta

First use: 1909

Origin: dialectal form of Italian umilta "humility", from Latin humilitas.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=omerta

Encarta Dictionary:

omerta

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: Italian dialect from Latin humilitas "humility" from humilis "humble"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861634891​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

omertà

Audio: North American pronunciation of "omertà"

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YourDictionary Audio:

omertà

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "omertà" by speech synthesizer

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omerta

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the Free Dictionary:

omerta

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "omerta"

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