rattery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From rat +‎ -ery.

Noun[edit]

rattery (countable and uncountable, plural ratteries)

  1. (countable) A place where rats are housed in large numbers, usually for the purpose of breeding
  2. (uncountable, obsolete) apostasy; traitorousness
    • Sidney Smith
      the rattery and scoundrelism of public life