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[yoo-zher-er] /ˈyu ʒər ər/
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 Unabridged
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  • The usurer says, Care for my property and pay me for the opportunity.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Appeal to the higher powers if you dare, and I'll make you repent it, you usurer!

  • May the usurer search all his substance: and let strangers plunder his labours.

  • Rooney appears to be a money-lender, a usurer—most probably a Jew.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • It was the soul of a usurer, inhabiting now the body of a war-captain, now transmigrating into that of a huckster.

  • If I were a usurer I could not put out money to a better advantage.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • I have money, Iris, and I have paid the usurer enough to satisfy him.

    In Luck at Last Walter Besant
  • He had been plundered by every usurer in the Levant, and in turn had taken them in.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • The usurer and the borrower on usury, both, reverse the true order by assuming that a thing can claim man's service.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • He was a usurer, though he could be very liberal when his policy demanded.

British Dictionary definitions for usurer


a person who lends funds at an exorbitant rate of interest
(obsolete) a moneylender
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Word Origin and History for usurer

late 13c., from Old French usurier, from Medieval Latin usurarius "usurer," from Latin adj. usurarius "pertaining to interest," from usura (see usury).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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