• WordNet 3.6
    • n barratry the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
    • n barratry (maritime law) a fraudulent breach of duty by the master of a ship that injures the owner of the ship or its cargo; includes every breach of trust such as stealing or sinking or deserting the ship or embezzling the cargo
    • n barratry the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery
    • n barratry traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barratry (Mar. Law) A fraudulent breach of duty or willful act of known illegality on the part of a master of a ship, in his character of master, or of the mariners, to the injury of the owner of the ship or cargo, and without his consent. It includes every breach of trust committed with dishonest purpose, as by running away with the ship, sinking or deserting her, etc., or by embezzling the cargo.
    • Barratry (Scots Law) The crime of a judge who is influenced by bribery in pronouncing judgment.
    • Barratry (Law) The practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits and quarrels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barratry The purchase or sale of ecclesiastical preferments or of offices of state. See barrator, 1, 3.
    • n barratry In old Scots law, the taking of bribes by a judge.
    • n barratry The fraud or offense committed by a barrator. See barrator, 4.
    • n barratry A vexatious and persistent inciting of others to lawsuits and litigation; a stirring up and maintaining of controversies and litigation. This is a criminal offense at common law.
    • n barratry Also barretry, especially in the last sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barratry fraudulent practices on the part of the master or mariners of a ship to the prejudice of the owners: vexatious litigation, or the stirring up of suits and quarrels among subjects, forbidden under penalties to lawyers: traffic in offices of church or state
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. baraterie, LL. barataria,. See Barrator, and cf. Bartery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. barateorbarat, deceit; traced by some to Gr. prattein, by others to a Celt. or a Scand. origin.


In literature:

But as yet there is nothing but his own raving to convict him of barratry.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
Associated Words: litigant, litigate, litigious, litigable, barratry.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Then I was domestic with the good King Thibault; here I set myself to doing barratry, of which I render reckoning in this heat.
"Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"" by John T. Slattery
You were guilty of barratry before, and you know it!
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It was not even barratry.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
The diverting a ship from her right course, with evil intent, is barratry.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In Scotland, barratry is the crime committed by a judge who is induced by bribery to pronounce judgment.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
And you'll be lucky if the insurance company doesn't charge you with barratry.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
A person who committed barratry would commit anything.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
Why, Dannie," in vast disgust, "you don't find the mention of barratry from jib-boom t' taffrail!
"The Cruise of the Shining Light" by Norman Duncan