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usurer

[yoo-zher-er] /ˈyu ʒər ər/
noun
1.
a person who lends money and charges interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawful rate; moneylender.
2.
Obsolete. a person who lends money at interest.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin ūsūrārius, equivalent to ūsūr(ia) usury + Latin -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for usurer

usurer

/ˈjuːʒərə/
noun
1.
a person who lends funds at an exorbitant rate of interest
2.
(obsolete) a moneylender
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Word Origin and History for usurer
usurer
late 13c., from O.Fr. usurier, from M.L. usurarius "usurer," from L. adj. usurarius "pertaining to interest," from usura (see usury).
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