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Barratry  n.  
(Law) The practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits and quarrels. (Also spelled barretry)
(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.
(Scots Law) The crime of a judge who is influenced by bribery in pronouncing judgment.

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"Barratry" Quotes from Famous Books

... 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 Sailor's Word-Book • William Henry Smyth

... came; and he replied: 'I was born in the kingdom of Navarre. My mother placed me as servant of a lord; for she had borne me to a ribald master of himself and of his substance. Then I was domestic with the good King Thibault; here I set myself to doing barratry, of which I render reckoning in this heat.' And Ciriatto, from whose mouth on either side came forth a tusk as from a hog, made him feel how one of them did rip. Amongst evil cats the mouse had come; but Barbariccia locked him in his arms, ...
— Dante: "The Central Man of All the World" • John T. Slattery

... that, if he got into difficulty, he knew some other persons whom his confessions would make uncomfortable; and hinted pretty directly at certain practices of a certain professional gentleman, which, though the pedler knew nothing of the technical significant might yet come under the head of barratry, and ...
— Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia • William Gilmore Simms

... we discover glimpses of what by many has been deemed maritime insurance, or rather of the fraud at present called barratry, which is practised to defraud the insurer: but, as Park in his learned Treatise on Marine Insurance has satisfactorily proved, the ancients were certainly ignorant of maritime insurance; though there can be no doubt frauds similar to those practised ...
— Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18 • William Stevenson

... steering on one side of the law, which always huddles up everything. A keen eye must be kept upon that scoundrel, but he must never dream that he is watched at all; he has committed a capital offense. But as yet there is nothing but his own raving to convict him of barratry. The truth must be got at by gentle means. I must not claim the 500 pounds as yet, but I am sure of getting it. And I have excellent hopes of the ...
— Mary Anerley • R. D. Blackmore

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

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