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[aw-mer-tah; English oh-mer-tuh] /ˌɔ mɛrˈtɑ; English oʊˈmɛr tə/

noun, Italian.
secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence.
a conspiracy of silence

1909, from dialectal form of Italian umilta “humility,” in reference to the code of submission of individuals to the group interest, from Latin humilitas (see humility).


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