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Key to the concept of Omerta is that any member of the organization must maintain absolute silence when questioned by law enforcement on the subject of alleged illegal activities by other members of the organization. This can result in one member "taking the fall" for others, facing criminal contempt of court charges or even taking sole responsibility for a crime that others committed. He does this with the assurance that he and his family will be supported by the organization during and after his imprisonment.
They were able to make charges stick on one of them, but he wouldn't talk -- omerta. He did six months, and now he works at Tony's restaurant.
by Barbiste April 30, 2004
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The mafia’s code of silence. Probably derived from umirtà, the Sicilian word for humility.
by VAKI5 January 20, 2005
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A code of ethics that began in Sicily that a mafioso follows when he swears into La Cosa Nostra. Generally pertaining to personal and family honor, and self rule without government intervention.
Before joining Fat Tony's mob, I had to swear the Omerta.
by taylor October 13, 2003
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the oath of silence a.k.a a oath not to snich on someone
john swore to the omerta, or with out the omerta i would be in jail right now!!!!
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A song performed by the band 'Lamb Of God'.
"Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool, or a coward. Whoever can not take care of himself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, "If i live, i will kill you, if i die, you are forgiven", such is the rule, of Omerta"
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Sicilian/Southern Italian Code of Silence, willful disobedience to law enforcement investigations, being aware enough to deflect unwanted attention from yourself, your operations, & your family. This is an innate characteristic, some could say an evolutionary tactic of silence and humility dating back to before Facist tyranny swept most of Italy pre ww2 when even average citizens had to keep hush to survive. (That facist wave that led to the rise of Mussolini has since been remedied, however with the current migrant crisis there have been signs of polar-shifts towards nationalism in some affected areas.) Furthermore, Omertà is still the code of silence (or code of “humility,” as Omertà translates to humility in English) adhered to today by La Cosa Nostra, which has seen a modern resurgence in strength and even cultural acceptance since 9-11, when people no longer felt safe in the streets cause the Feds abused RICO to lock up all the wise-guys.
Stick to the Omertà, don’t make a showboat of yourself like some pissant rapper, we are the shadows, not the spotlight.
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When someone asks you a question that there is no way they will get the answer from you, you say 'omerta'.
"Who are you seeing before the dance"
by SpecialK October 31, 2004
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