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From Middle English baratour, from Old French barateor (deceiver), from Old French barater, bareter (to deceive, cheat, barter). Compare barter (intransitive verb).



barrator (plural barrators)

  1. One who is guilty of barratry, vexing others with frequent and often groundless lawsuits; a brangler and pettifogger.
    • 1860, Matthew Bacon, A New Abridgement of the Law, volume 2, page 75:
      But by Hawk. P. C. bk. 1, c. 21, if such suits are merely groundless, and brought only with a design to oppress the defendants, such a man may as properly be called a barrator as if he had stirred up others to bring them.
  2. One who abuses their office by dealing fraudulently.
    1. (obsolete) One who buys or sells political or ecclesiastic offices.
    2. A judge who accepts bribes.
    3. (maritime, admiralty law) A ship's master who commits gross fraud or barratry.
  3. (archaic) A quarrelsome person, one who fights, a bully.