- a relentless and revengeful moneylender in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
- a hard-hearted moneylender.
- (lowercase) to lend money at extortionate rates of interest.
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Examples from the Web for shylock
The play went on—Shylock appeared—I forgot every thing but him.
But he was as unlike to Shylock as it is possible to conceive.
The landlord threw up his arms like Shylock at the loss of his money-bags.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Besides, there is a dash of Shylock in every Jew that ever breathed.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Then she said to Shylock, "Be merciful: take the money, and bid me tear the bond."Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
- a heartless or demanding creditor
C19: after Shylock, the name of the heartless usurer in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596)
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Word Origin and History for shylock
"usurer, merciless creditor," 1786, from Jewish money-lender character in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" (c.1596).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Shylock is a Jew (see also Jews), and there has long been controversy over whether Shakespeare's portrayal of Shylock contributes to prejudice against Jews. Shylock is a cruel miser and eventually is heavily fined and disgraced, but he maintains his dignity. At one point in the play, he makes a famous, eloquent assertion that his desire for revenge is the same desire that a Christian would feel in his place. “I am a Jew,” says Shylock. “Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?”
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