A person who loans money to others and charges interest, particularly at an illegal, exorbitant, or unfair rate.
1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 4:
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, chapter XLIII
"You can go to the Carpetbag usurers if you want money."
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Usurism n. the doctrine that moneymaking is the highest good and that moral duty is fulfilled through usury.
Barclays Bank testimony re LIBOR fixed cost of money. usurism first published in My Secret Bankbook Story.
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