barrator

[ bar-uh-ter ]
/ ˈbær ə tər /

noun Law.

a person who commits barratry.

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Also bar·ra·ter, barretor.

Origin of barrator

1350–1400; Middle English barettour brawler, fighter <Anglo-French barretor, barator,Old French barateor, equivalent to barat(er) to make a disturbance, baret(er) to trick, cheat (<Vulgar Latin *prattāre<Greek prā́ttein to do, perform, manage; see practical) + -eor-ator
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British Dictionary definitions for barrator

barrator
/ (ˈbærətə) /

noun

a person guilty of barratry

Word Origin for barrator

C14: from Old French barateor, from barater to barter
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