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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cham·per·ty /ˈʧæmpɚ/
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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cham·per·ty n.
 1. Partnership in power; equal share of authority. [Obs.]
 Beauté ne sleighte, strengthe ne hardyness,
 Ne may with Venus holde champartye.   --Chaucer.
 2. Law The prosecution or defense of a suit, whether by furnishing money or personal services, by one who has no legitimate concern therein, in consideration of an agreement that he shall receive, in the event of success, a share of the matter in suit; maintenance with the addition of an agreement to divide the thing in suit. See Maintenance.
 Note:By many authorities champerty is defined as an agreement of this nature. From early times the offence of champerty has been forbidden and punishable.