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barratry or barretry (ˈbærətrɪ)
1.  criminal law (formerly) the vexatious stirring up of quarrels or bringing of lawsuits
2.  maritime law a fraudulent practice committed by the master or crew of a ship to the prejudice of the owner or charterer
3.  Scots law the crime committed by a judge in accepting a bribe
4.  the purchase or sale of public or Church offices
[C15: from Old French baraterie deception, from barater to barter]
barretry or barretry
[C15: from Old French baraterie deception, from barater to barter]
'barratrous or barretry
'barretrous or barretry
'barratrously or barretry
'barretrously or barretry

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