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usurer

[yoo-zher-er] /ˈyu ʒər ər/
noun
1.
a person who lends money and charges interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawful rate; moneylender.
2.
Obsolete. a person who lends money at interest.
Origin of usurer
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin ūsūrārius, equivalent to ūsūr(ia) usury + Latin -ārius -ary
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  • At the advent of the three usurers a new impulse seized the people.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • usurers were the open representatives of flagrant covetousness in all the ages.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • These public bonds are the golden opportunity of the usurers.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • He but yields himself as a tool to the usurers to continue their loans.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • The usurers received their hold on the state in a time of the greatest need.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • There was an effort to limit the usurers' privileges to the war and one year after its close.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • The great debts of the nations have brought all mankind into subjection to the usurers.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • During the thirteenth century the severities against the usurers were not relaxed.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • That usurers should have orange-tawney bonnets, because they do Judaize.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Thieves, extortionists, usurers—and in the name of all the virtues!

British Dictionary definitions for usurers

usurer

/ˈjuːʒərə/
noun
1.
a person who lends funds at an exorbitant rate of interest
2.
(obsolete) a moneylender
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Word Origin and History for usurers

usurer

n.

late 13c., from Old French usurier, from Medieval Latin usurarius "usurer," from Latin adj. usurarius "pertaining to interest," from usura (see usury).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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