usu·​rer | \ ˈyü-zhər-ər How to pronounce usurer (audio) , ˈyüzh-rər \

Definition of usurer

: one that lends money especially at an exorbitant rate

Examples of usurer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And so the stereotype of the Jewish usurer first appears. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 On Cordray’s watch, the CFPB won more than $12 billion in settlements for the victims of usurers like this. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The CFPB Is Now the Predatory Lender Protection Bureau," 24 Jan. 2018 Jews never belong enough anywhere to avoid vilification as parasites, vultures, usurers and traitors. Roger Cohen, New York Times, "Millenniums of Tribulation," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of usurer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Usurer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of usurer

formal + disapproving : a person who lends money and requires the borrower to pay a high amount of interest


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Legal Definition of usurer

: one that engages in usury

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