third degree

noun
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of third degree

: the subjection of a prisoner to mental or physical torture to extract a confession

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First Known Use of third degree

1900


Law Dictionary

third degree

noun

legal Definition of third degree

: the grade given to the third most serious forms of crimes

third-degree

adjective

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