fraud by a master or crew at the expense of the owners of the ship or its cargo.
the offense of frequently exciting and stirring up lawsuits and quarrels.
the purchase or sale of ecclesiastical preferments or of offices of state.
- Also barretry.
- bar·ra·trous, adjective
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How to use barratry in a sentence
Still, amidst these facts, which seemed to point pretty clearly to a case of barratry, there were serious difficulties.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
In Scotland, barratry is the crime committed by a judge who is induced by bribery to pronounce judgment.
The instances of barratry and of common scolds, I believe, are the only exceptions.The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane, | William Brodie Gurney
Our legal term barratry is derived from the medival Barrateria, which signified cheating or foul play.Gatherings From Spain | Richard Ford
But as yet there is nothing but his own raving to convict him of barratry.Mary Anerley | R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for barratry
criminal law (formerly) the vexatious stirring up of quarrels or bringing of lawsuits
maritime law a fraudulent practice committed by the master or crew of a ship to the prejudice of the owner or charterer
Scots law the crime committed by a judge in accepting a bribe
the purchase or sale of public or Church offices
- barratrous or barretrous, adjective
- barratrously or barretrously, adverb
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