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Meaning of BARRATRY

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Bar"ra*try\, n. [Cf. F. baraterie, LL. barataria. See
{Barrator}, and cf. {Bartery}.]
1. (Law) The practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits
   and quarrels. [Also spelt {barretry}.] --Coke. Blackstone.

2. (Mar. Law) 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. --Kent.
   Part.

3. (Scots Law) The crime of a judge who is influenced by
   bribery in pronouncing judgment. --Wharton.

 

 

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