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tort

[tawrt]
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noun Law.
  1. a wrongful act, not including a breach of contract or trust, that results in injury to another's person, property, reputation, or the like, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensation.
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Origin of tort

1350–1400; Middle English: injury, wrong < Old French < Medieval Latin tortum wrong, injustice, noun use of neuter of Latin tortus twisted, crooked, dubious, past participle of torquēre to twist, wring
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offense, immorality, violation, fault, wrong, evil, crime, lust, shortcoming, transgression, guilt, wrongdoing, error, misdeed, grievance, harm, inequity, abuse, slight, bias

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tort

noun
  1. law a civil wrong arising from an act or failure to act, independently of any contract, for which an action for personal injury or property damages may be brought
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum, literally: something twisted, from Latin torquēre to twist
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Word Origin and History for tort

n.

mid-13c., "injury, wrong," from Old French tort (11c.), from Medieval Latin tortum "injustice," noun use of neuter of tortus "wrung, twisted," past participle of Latin torquere "turn, turn awry, twist, wring, distort" (see thwart). Legal sense of "breach of a duty, whereby someone acquires a right of action for damages" is first recorded 1580s.

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