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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who engages in barratry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who is guilty of barratry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One guilty of barratry.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone guilty of barratry

Etymologies

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)
Old English baratour, Old French barateor deceiver, from Old French barater, bareter, to deceive, cheat, barter. See barter (intransitive verb). (Wiktionary)

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