or tort-fea·sor

[ tawrt-fee-zer, -zawr, -fee- ]
/ ˈtɔrtˈfi zər, -zɔr, -ˌfi- /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for tortfeasor



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper