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noun Law.
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • The barrator prolongs his answer so as to procure a respite from the fangs of his tormentors.

    The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri

    Dante Alighieri

  • And, when the barrator had disappeared, he turned his talons on his fellow, and was clutched with him above the ditch.

British Dictionary definitions for barrator


  1. a person guilty of barratry
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French barateor, from barater to barter
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