tortfeasor

or tort-fea·sor

[tawrt-fee-zer, -zawr, -fee-]

noun Law.

a person who commits a tort.

Nearby words

  1. torte,
  2. tortelier,
  3. tortellini,
  4. torten,
  5. tortes,
  6. torticollis,
  7. tortile,
  8. tortilla,
  9. tortilla flat,
  10. tortillon

Origin of tortfeasor

1650–60; < Anglo-French tortfesor wrongdoer (French tortfaiseur). See tort, feasance, -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for tort-feasor

tort-feasor

noun

law a person guilty of tort

Word Origin for tort-feasor

C17: from Old French, literally: wrongdoer, from tort + faiseur, from faire to do

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Word Origin and History for tort-feasor

tortfeasor

n.

1650s, from Old French tortfesor, from tort "wrong, evil" (see tort) + -fesor "doer," from Latin facere "to make" (see factitious).

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