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usurer

Syllabification: u·su·rer
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞oZHərər
 
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Definition of usurer in English:

noun

A person who lends money at unreasonably high rates of interest.
Example sentences
  • Where the actual producers fall prey to usurers and merchants, because of their lack of market power, they are reduced to a subsistence existence and forced to part with the surplus product.
  • At the end of ten years everything was paid off, everything, the usurer's charges and the accumulation of superimposed interest.
  • If you oblige many men to be money-lenders, some will assuredly be usurers.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French usure, from Latin usura (see usury).

Words that rhyme with usurer

treasurerinjurerconjuror

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