Origin of champertyMiddle English champartie ; from Old French champart, the lord's share in the crop of a tenant's land ; from Classical Latin campi pars ; from campi, genitive of campus, field + pars, part: see campus and amp; part
Origin of champertyMiddle English champartie, from Old French champart, the lord's share of the tenant's crop, from Medieval Latin campars, camp&imacron;pars : Latin camp&imacron;, genitive of campus, field + Latin pars, part; see part.
- (law) investing money into an individual’s law suit.
From Middle English champartie, from Middle French champart (“field rent – portion of produce of field paid to feudal lord”), probably from Latin campī (“fields”) pars (“part”), with first term in turn from Proto-Indo-European *kamp- (“to bend; crooked”). Compare modern English campus and French champ (“field”).
champerty - Legal Definition