- a person who lends money and charges interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawful rate; moneylender.
- Obsolete. a person who lends money at interest.
Origin of usurer
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Examples from the Web for usurer
Appeal to the higher powers if you dare, and I'll make you repent it, you usurer!Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Rooney appears to be a money-lender, a usurer—most probably a Jew.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
If I were a usurer I could not put out money to a better advantage.Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
He had been plundered by every usurer in the Levant, and in turn had taken them in.Tancred
He was a usurer, though he could be very liberal when his policy demanded.
- a person who lends funds at an exorbitant rate of interest
- obsolete a moneylender
Word Origin and History for usurer
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