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English Dictionary: barratry by the DICT Development Group
2 results for barratry
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
barratry
n
  1. traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments [syn: simony, barratry]
  2. the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery
  3. (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
  4. the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Barratry \Bar"ra*try\, n. [Cf. F. baraterie, LL. barataria. See
      {Barrator}, and cf. {Bartery}.]
      1. (Law) The practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits
            and quarrels. [Also spelt {barretry}.] --Coke. Blackstone.
  
      2. (Mar. Law) A fraudulent breach of duty or willful act of
            known illegality on the part of a master of a ship, in his
            character of master, or of the mariners, to the injury of
            the owner of the ship or cargo, and without his consent.
            It includes every breach of trust committed with dishonest
            purpose, as by running away with the ship, sinking or
            deserting her, etc., or by embezzling the cargo. --Kent.
            Part.
  
      3. (Scots Law) The crime of a judge who is influenced by
            bribery in pronouncing judgment. --Wharton.
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