usurer

noun

usu·​rer ˈyü-zhər-ər How to pronounce usurer (audio)
ˈyüzh-rər
: 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, 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, 24 Jan. 2018 Jews never belong enough anywhere to avoid vilification as parasites, vultures, usurers and traitors. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of usurer was in the 14th century

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“Usurer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/usurer. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

usurer

noun
usu·​rer ˈyü-zhər-ər How to pronounce usurer (audio)
ˈyüzh-rər
: one who lends money especially at a very high rate of interest

Legal Definition

usurer

noun
usu·​rer ˈyü-zhər-ər How to pronounce usurer (audio)
: one that engages in usury
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