third degree

noun

Definition of third degree

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

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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third degree

noun

Legal Definition of third degree

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

Other Words from third degree

third-degree adjective

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