Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He looked at barratry from every side, and the more he looked the less he seemed to like it.

The diverting a ship from her right course, with evil intent, is barratry.

But as yet there is nothing but his own raving to convict him of barratry.

For barratry and major sea-crimes, the penalty was death and dismemberment.

But of all sins, that of “barratry” was one of the most hateful to him.

If barratry is insured against, delay arising from barratrous conduct of master or crew does not avoid the policy.

If you so state, your insurance company will have no recourse but to ask your arrest on a charge of barratry.

Still, amidst these facts, which seemed to point pretty clearly to a case of barratry, there were serious difficulties.

In Scotland, barratry is the crime committed by a judge who is induced by bribery to pronounce judgment.

The instances of barratry and of common scolds, I believe, are the only exceptions.


early 15c., "sale of ecclesiastical or state offices," from Old French baraterie "deceit, guile, trickery," from barat "malpractice, fraud, deceit, trickery," of unknown origin, perhaps from Celtic. In marine law, "wrongful conduct by a ship's crew or officer, resulting in loss to owners," from 1620s. Meaning "offense of habitually starting legal suits" is from 1640s. Sense somewhat confused with that of Middle English baratri "combat, fighting" (c.1400), from Old Norse baratta "fight, contest strife." This was an active word in Middle English, with forms such as baraten "to disturb the peace" (mid-15c.); baratour "inciter to riot, bully" (late 14c., mid-13c. as a surname). Barataria Bay, Louisiana, U.S., is from Spanish baratear "to cheat, deceive," cognate of the French word; the bay so called in reference to the difficulty of its entry passages.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.