usurer

noun
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, 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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First Known Use of usurer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Usurer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/usurer. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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usurer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of usurer

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

usurer

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

Legal Definition of usurer

: one that engages in usury

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