from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The act or practice of bringing a groundless lawsuit or lawsuits.
- noun An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
- noun Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The purchase or sale of ecclesiastical preferments or of offices of state. See
barrator, 1, 3.
- noun In old Scots law, the taking of bribes by a judge.
- noun The fraud or offense committed by a barrator. See
- noun A vexatious and persistent inciting of others to lawsuits and litigation; a stirring up and maintaining of controversies and litigation. This is a criminal offense at common law.
- noun Also
barretry, especially in the last sense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Law) The practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits and quarrels.
- noun (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.
- noun (Scots Law) The crime of a judge who is influenced by bribery in pronouncing judgment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun the
actof persistently instigating lawsuits, often groundlessones
- noun the
saleand/or purchaseof political positionsof power
unlawfulor fraudulentacts by the crewof a vessel, harming the vessel's owner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
- noun (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
- noun the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery
- noun the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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In criminal and civil law, barratry is the act or practice of bringing repeated legal actions solely to harass.
In another oration of Demosthenes we discover glimpses of what by many has been deemed maritime insurance, or rather of the fraud at present called barratry, which is practised to defraud the insurer: but, as Park in his learned Treatise on Marine Insurance has satisfactorily proved, the ancients were certainly ignorant of maritime insurance; though there can be no doubt frauds similar to those practised at present were practised.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 18 Historical Sketch of the Progress of Discovery, Navigation, and Commerce, from the Earliest Records to the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century, By William Stevenson
It is not the same as barratry, which is active encouragement of lawsuits.
Texas law prohibits anyone from soliciting clients for lawyers - a third-degree felony known as barratry, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
(The judge passed over the complaint about "barratry" in silence.)
In his court response, he accused Righthaven of "barratry," defined as
Based on past experience, I believe that this earns him an indulgence from the Online Left on anything up to barratry (naval definition).
The police are on the way to charge you with attempted swinicide, assault and battery, kidnapping, grievous bodily harm and barratry.
I seem to recall that barratry is allowed in Canada, though I confess I cannot now find evidence of it via a cursory web search.
Eric @77, how about this: a statue of limitations, honoring the heroic sacrifice of the many downtrodden legal professionals who were tragically disbarred for barratry, in the form of a gigantic bronze were-pit-bull defeating a craven Lady Justice.