Definition of tort in English:

tort

Syllabification: tort
Pronunciation: /tôrt
 
/

noun

Law
  • A wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to civil legal liability.
    More example sentences
    • Public nuisance and libel are also torts and tortious liability is more often pursued than criminal proceedings.
    • The law of torts, or civil wrongs, is extensive and its boundaries are indistinct.
    • The gist of the tort of misfeasance in public office is the deliberate abuse of power.

Origin

Middle English (in the general sense 'wrong, injury'): from Old French, from medieval Latin tortum 'wrong, injustice', neuter past participle of Latin torquere 'to twist'.

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