usurer

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from Old French usurier, Latin ūsūra (interest).

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usurer (plural usurers)

  1. A person who loans money to others and charges interest, particularly at an illegal, exorbitant, or unfair rate.
    • 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, chapter XLIII
      "You can go to the Carpetbag usurers if you want money."
  2. (rare) Specifically, a male usurer.

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