Other Word Forms of Barratry
Origin of Barratry
Early 15th century, in sense “sale of offices”, from Old French baraterie (“deceit, trickery”), from barat (“fraud, deceit, trickery”), of Unknown origin, perhaps Celtic. In marine sense of “unlawful acts causing loss to owner”, 1620s.
Middle English barratrie the sale of church offices from Old French baraterie deception, malversation from barater to cheat barrator
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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