barratry /ˈbarətri/

b

I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
‹archaic› fraud or gross negligence of a ship’s master or crew at the expense of its owners or users.
2.
[Law] vexatious litigation or incitement to it (abolished as an offence in Britain in 1967).
3.
‹historical› trade in the sale of Church or state appointments.
II. derivatives

1. barrator /ˈbarətə /
noun


2. barratrous
adjective


– origin late Middle English (in sense 3): from Old French baraterie, from barater ‘deceive’, based on Greek prattein ‘do, perform, manage’ (sometimes dishonestly); perhaps influenced by Old Norse barátta ‘contest’.

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