usurer

[ yoo-zher-er ]
/ ˈyu ʒər ər /
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noun

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

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin ūsūrārius, equivalent to ūsūr(ia) usury + Latin -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for usurers

usurer

/ (ˈjuːʒərə) /

noun

a person who lends funds at an exorbitant rate of interest
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).

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