One who sold and bought ecclesiastical preferment and offices; also a politician who took bribes. Later the word came to be applied to troublemakers in general. [< OldFr. barateor = cheat, trickster]

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  • barrator — n. One who commits barratry. Also called barrato or common barrator. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • Barrator — Bar ra*tor, n. [OE. baratour, OF. barateor deceiver, fr. OF. barater, bareter, to deceive, cheat, barter. See {Barter}, v. i.] One guilty of barratry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barrator — or barrater [bar′ə tər, ber′ə tər] n. [ME baratour < OFr barateor, swindler < barater, to cheat < barate, fraud, strife < ON baratta, quarrel < berja, to beat < IE base * bher , to cut > L ferire, to strike, kill] a person… …   English World dictionary

  • barrator — also barrater noun Date: 15th century one who engages in barratry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • barrator — /bar euh teuhr/, n. Law. a person who commits barratry. Also, barrater, barretor. [1350 1400; ME barettour brawler, fighter < AF barretor, barator, OF barateor, equiv. to barat(er) to make a disturbance, baret(er) to trick, cheat ( < VL *prattare …   Universalium

  • barrator — n. person who starts lawsuits; person who starts arguments; person who cheats owners and insurers of ships (Maritime Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • barrator — bar·ra·tor …   English syllables

  • barrator — bar•ra•tor [[t]ˈbær ə tər[/t]] n. law a person who commits barratry • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME barettour brawler < OF barateor, der. of barat(er) to make a disturbance, trick < VL *prattāre < Gk prattein to do; see practical …   From formal English to slang

  • barrator — /ˈbærətə/ (say baruhtuh) noun someone who commits barratry. Also, barrater. {Middle English baratour, from Old French barateor fraudulent dealer, from barater exchange, cheat} …  

  • barrator — /baeratar/ One who commits barratry. See barretor …   Black's law dictionary

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