Variant of barratry
- Obsolete the buying or selling of ecclesiastical or civil positions
- the criminal offense of habitually bringing about quarrels or lawsuits
- Maritime Law wrongful conduct on the part of a ship's officer or crew that results in loss to the owners
Origin: Fr baraterie, orig., misuse of office < barater: see barrator
- barratrous adjective
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