What does barratry mean?

Definitions for barratry
ˈbær ə tribar·ra·t·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barratrynoun

    the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels

  2. barratrynoun

    (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

  3. barratrynoun

    the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery

  4. simony, barratrynoun

    traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments


  1. barratrynoun

    the act of persistently instigating lawsuits, often groundless ones

  2. barratrynoun

    the sale and/or purchase of political positions of power

  3. barratrynoun

    unlawful or fraudulent acts by the crew of a vessel, harming the vessel's owner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Barratrynoun

    The practice or crime of a barrator; foul practice in law.

    Etymology: from barrator.

    ’Tis arrant barratry, that bears
    Point blank an action ’gainst our laws. Hudibras.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barratrynoun

    the practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits and quarrels

  2. Barratrynoun

    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

  3. Barratrynoun

    the crime of a judge who is influenced by bribery in pronouncing judgment


  1. Barratry

    Barratry is a legal term with several meanings. In common law, barratry is the offense committed by people who are “overly officious in instigating or encouraging prosecution of groundless litigation” or who bring “repeated or persistent acts of litigation” for the purposes of profit or harassment. It is a crime in some jurisdictions. Litigation for the purpose of profit is referred to as “Ambulance chasing”: If for the purpose of harassment, for example to silence critics, it is known as a strategic lawsuit against public participation. Jurisdictions that otherwise have no barratry laws may have SLAPP laws.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. barratry

    Any fraudulent act of the master or mariners committed to the prejudice of the ship's owners or underwriters, whether by fraudulently losing the vessel, deserting her, selling her, or committing any other embezzlement. The diverting a ship from her right course, with evil intent, is barratry.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barratry in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barratry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4


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