barratry

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noun bar·ra·try \ˈber-ə-trē, ˈba-rə-\

Definition of barratry

plural

barratries

  1. 1 :  the purchase or sale of office or preferment in church or state

  2. 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. 3 :  the persistent incitement of litigation

Origin and Etymology 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


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barratry

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noun bar·ra·try \ˈbar-ə-trē\

Legal Definition of barratry

plural

barratries

  1. 1 :  an unlawful act or fraudulent breach of duty by a ship's master or crew that injures the interests of the ship's or cargo's owners —often used in marine insurance policies Editor's note: Examples of barratry include embezzling cargo, stealing a ship's equipment, or willfully sinking a ship.

  2. 2 :  the persistent incitement of litigation

Origin and Etymology of barratry

Middle French baraterie deception, from barater to deceive, cheat


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