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: compound interest : the taking of compound interest
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circa 1656, in the meaning defined above
Latin anatocismus, from Greek anatokismos, from ana- + tokismos usury, from tokizein to lend on interest (from tokos interest, offspring, from tiktein to beget) + -ismos -ism
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