from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law Damage, injury, or a wrongful act done willfully, negligently, or in circumstances involving strict liability, but not involving breach of contract, for which a civil suit can be brought.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tart, sharp.
  • n. this sense?) (plural, torts) The area of law dealing with such wrongful acts.
  • adj. Stretched tight; taut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Mischief; injury; calamity.
  • n. Any civil wrong or injury; a wrongful act (not involving a breach of contract) for which an action will lie; a form of action, in some parts of the United States, for a wrong or injury.
  • adj. Stretched tight; taut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wrong; injustice; harm.
  • n. In law, a wrong such as the law requires compensation for in damages; an infringement or privation of the private or civil rights of a person considered as a private person or an owner. The same act considered in its relation to the state may be a crime.
  • n. A cake. Compare tart and torta.
  • n. A twisting, wrenching, or racking; a griping.
  • n. A candle; a light.
  • Tart; sharp.
  • An erroneous form of taut, simulating tort.
  • A Middle English form of toward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought


Middle English, injury, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum, from Latin, neuter past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dialectal variation of tart. (Wiktionary)
From Old French tort. (Wiktionary)



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