or tort-fea·sor

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

Origin of tortfeasor

1650–60; < Anglo-French tortfesor wrongdoer (French tortfaiseur). See tort, feasance, -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for tort-feasor


  1. 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



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

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