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Definition of tort in English:


A wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to legal liability: public nuisance is a crime as well as a tort [mass noun]: the law of tort
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.


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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