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Traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments.  Synonym: simony.
The crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery.
(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.
The offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels.

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"Barratry" Quotes from Famous Books

... policeman spoke. "You know what this means, Tom? You not only lost your ship, but you're apt to lose your license, too. And you'll be lucky if the insurance company doesn't charge you with barratry." ...
— Smugglers' Reef • John Blaine

... of good King Thibault; I set me there to practise barratry, For which I pay the reckoning ...
— Divine Comedy, Longfellow's Translation, Hell • Dante Alighieri

Words linked to "Barratry" :   maritime law, jurisprudence, criminal offence, law-breaking, fraud, offense, simony, traffic, criminal offense, graft, crime, offence, bribery, admiralty law, marine law, law

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