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also bar·ra·ter  (băr′ə-tər)
One who engages in barratry.

[Middle English baratour, from Old French barateour, swindler, from barater, to cheat, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *prattāre, from Greek prāttein, to do.]


(Law) a person guilty of barratry
[C14: from Old French barateor, from barater to barter]


(ˈbær ə tər)

a person who commits barratry.
[1350–1400; Middle English barettour brawler < Old French barateor, derivative of barat(er) to make a disturbance, trick < Vulgar Latin *prattāre < Greek prattein to do; see practical]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrator - someone guilty of barratry
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
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Fraud, including Diviners that have their heads on backwards through to Barrators that are pursued by demons.
Similarly, barrators or grafters are identified in the dialect of Lucca as changing "no" to "yes" for money ("del no, per li denar, vi si fa ita," XXI.
Hamel has pointed out that 'Malebranche' is 'applied to the grotesque demons who guard the bolgia of the barrators in the eighth circle of hell' and thus cites this as one piece of evidence that the Alliterative Morte poet was familiar with Dante's Inferno and drew on it in creating his own work (see 'The Dream of a King', p.