An example of a tort is when a caretaker leaves an elderly patient alone in the kitchen and the patient severly cuts her hand.
Origin of tortOld French ; from Medieval Latin tortum ; from neuter of Classical Latin tortus, past participle of torquere, to twist ; from Indo-European an unverified form terk-, to turn ; from base an unverified form ter-, to rub from source throw
Origin of tortMiddle English, injury, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum, from Latin, neuter past participle of torqu&emacron;re, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
Dialectal variation of tart.
From Old French tort, from Latin tortum, from tortus (“twisted").
(comparative torter, superlative tortest)
- (obsolete) Stretched tight; taut.
- To make something change its shape.
tort - Legal Definition
- A private or civil wrong for which a remedy may be sought, usually in the form of monetary damages; a breach of duty that exists under societal expectations regarding interaction among equals in a transaction, rather than arising from a specific contract.
- The branch of the legal system or legal code that deals with such wrongs.