Sinonimi: civil wrong
ETYM French, from Late Lat. tortum, from Latin tortus twisted, crooked, p. p. of torqure to twist, bend. Related to Torture.
Any wrongdoing for which and action for damages may be brought; SYN. civil wrong.
Civil injury, excluding breach of contract, actionable for damages. tort-feasor, person committing tort.
In law, a wrongful act for which someone can be sued for damages in a civil court. It includes such acts as libel, trespass, injury done to someone (whether intentionally or by negligence), and inducement to break a contract (although breach of contract itself is not a tort).
In general a tort is distinguished from a crime in that it affects the interests of an individual rather than of society at large, but some crimes can also be torts (for example, assault).