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barratry

Definitions of barratry
  1. noun
    (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
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    type of:
    fraud
    intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
  2. noun
    the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
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    type of:
    crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
  3. noun
    traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
    synonyms: simony
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    type of:
    traffic
    buying and selling; especially illicit trade
  4. noun
    the crime of a judge whose judgment is influenced by bribery
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    type of:
    bribery, graft
    the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage
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