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n. pl. bar·ra·tries
1. The act or practice of bringing a groundless lawsuit or lawsuits.
2. An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
3. Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.

[Middle English barratrie, the sale of church offices, from Old French baraterie, deception, malversation, from barater, to cheat; see barrator.]

bar′ra·trous (-trəs) adj.
bar′ra·trous·ly adv.


(ˈbærətrɪ) or


1. (Law) criminal law (formerly) the vexatious stirring up of quarrels or bringing of lawsuits
2. (Law) maritime law a fraudulent practice committed by the master or crew of a ship to the prejudice of the owner or charterer
3. (Law) Scots law the crime committed by a judge in accepting a bribe
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the purchase or sale of public or Church offices
[C15: from Old French baraterie deception, from barater to barter]
ˈbarratrous, ˈbarretrous adj
ˈbarratrously, ˈbarretrously adv


(ˈbær ə tri)

1. fraud by a master or crew at the expense of the owners of the ship or its cargo.
2. the offense of frequently stirring up litigation.
3. the purchase or sale of ecclesiastic preferments.
[1400–50; late Middle English barratrie < Anglo-French, Middle French baraterie combat, fighting]


Law. an act of fraud by a master or crew at the expense of the owners of a ship or the owners of its cargo. Also spelled barretry. — barratrous, adj.
See also: Ships
the offense of frequently exciting or stirring up suits and quarrels between others. — barrator, n. — barratrous, adj.
See also: Law
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barratry - traffic in ecclesiastical offices or prefermentsbarratry - traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
traffic - buying and selling; especially illicit trade
2.barratry - the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by briberybarratry - the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery
bribery, graft - the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage
3.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
fraud - intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
admiralty law, marine law, maritime law - the branch of international law that deals with territorial and international waters or with shipping or with ocean fishery etc.
4.barratry - the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrelsbarratry - the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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