- 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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Related Wordsbroker, manager, officer, financier, investor, dealer, banker, bank, merchant, tycoon, backer, speculator, entrepreneur, capitalist, operator, stockbroker, house, treasurer, usurer, croupier
Examples from the Web for usurers
At the advent of the three usurers a new impulse seized the people.The Scapegoat
Usurers were the open representatives of flagrant covetousness in all the ages.
These public bonds are the golden opportunity of the usurers.
He but yields himself as a tool to the usurers to continue their loans.
The usurers received their hold on the state in a time of the greatest need.
- a person who lends funds at an exorbitant rate of interest
- obsolete a moneylender
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Word Origin and History for usurers
late 13c., from Old French usurier, from Medieval Latin usurarius "usurer," from Latin adj. usurarius "pertaining to interest," from usura (see usury).
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