American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who engages in barratry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old law, one who buys or sells ecclesiastical preferment; a simonist.
- n. In Scots law, a judge who takes a bribe.
- n. One who buys or sells offices of state.
- n. One who commits barratry; one who, being the master of a ship or one of its officers or seamen, commits any fraud or fraudulent act in the management of the ship or cargo, by which the owner, freighters, or insurers are injured, as by running away with the ship, sinking or deserting her, wilful deviation from the fixed course, or embezzlement of the cargo.
- n. A quarrelsome, brawling person; a rowdy.
- n. One who frequently excites others to lawsuits or quarrels; a common mover and maintainer of suits and controversies; an encourager of litigation between other persons: chiefly in the phrase common barrator. See barratry, 4.
- n. Also spelled barrater, and, especially in the last sense, barretor.
- n. One who is guilty of barratry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One guilty of barratry.
- n. someone guilty of barratry
- Old English baratour, Old French barateor deceiver, from Old French barater, bareter, to deceive, cheat, barter. See barter (intransitive verb). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English baratour, from Old French barateour, swindler, from barater, to cheat, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *prattāre, from Greek prāttein, to do. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And he answered: 'It was Friar Gomita, he of Gallura, vessel of every fraud, who had his master's enemies in hand, and did so to them that they all praise him for it: money took he for himself, and dismissed them smoothly, as he says; and in his other offices besides, he was no petty but a sovereign barrator.”
“And, when the barrator had disappeared, he turned his talons on his fellow, and was clutched with him above the ditch.”
“The great barrator made no hypocritical pretence of desiring peace.”
“On the contrary, I was constantly hearing tales of silly fooleries, of overbearing behaviour, of deliberate rudeness, such as irresistibly recalled, in spirit if not in form, the conduct of the common barrator in the guise of a king, who, if”
“Judge Field presided at a session of magistrates at Parramatta, when Eagar attempted to act as counsel: this was prevented by the court; and the judge, as chairman, expressed himself, in reference to Eagar, in terms of severe disapprobation and contempt, stigmatising him as a common _barrator_, or mover of quarrels, whom the”
“Whence great discontent among certain of these, who had contributed to make him Abbot: reproaches, open and secret, of his being 'ungrateful, hard-tempered, unsocial, a Norfolk _barrator_ and _paltenerius_.”
“Surely the true wisdom of the great powers was to attack, not each other, but this common barrator, who, by inflaming the passions of both, by pretending to serve both, and by deserting both, had raised himself above the station to which he was born.”
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