usuress

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Etymology[edit]

From usure, “to practice usury” + -(e)ss, feminine agent-nounal suffix.

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usuress (plural usuresses)

  1. (rare) A female usurer.[1][2][3]
    That woman — that usuress — only lent me £20, but expected £50 back after just one week!

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  • Some English speakers distinguish between the masculine or epicene usurer and the feminine usuress; this is very rare, however, and the vast majority of speakers use usurer in all cases.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Chambers Dictionary (1998)
  2. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary (2007)
  3. ^ usuress” listed at wordnavigator.com