barratry


bar·ra·try

noun \ˈber-ə-trē, ˈba-rə-\
plural bar·ra·tries

Definition of BARRATRY

1
:  the purchase or sale of office or preferment in church or state
2
:  an unlawful act or fraudulent breach of duty by a master of a ship or by the mariners to the injury of the owner of the ship or cargo
3
:  the persistent incitement of litigation

Origin of BARRATRY

Middle English (Scots) barratrie, from Anglo-French *baraterie, literally, deception, from Old French barater to be active, do business, cause strife, deceive, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *prattare, from Greek prattein, prassein to do — more at practical
First Known Use: 15th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Barr body
Previous Word in the Dictionary: barratrous
All Words Near: barratry

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up barratry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).