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Synonyms for usurer

someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest

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For the usurer being at certainties, and others at uncertainties, at the end of the game, most of the money will be in the box; and ever a state flourisheth, when wealth is more equally spread.
On the other side, the commodities of usury are, first, that howsoever usury in some respect hindereth merchandizing, yet in some other it advanceth it; for it is certain that the greatest part of trade is driven by young merchants, upon borrowing at interest; so as if the usurer either call in, or keep back, his money, there will ensue, presently, a great stand of trade.
The two usurers took a mental inventory of des Lupeaulx's study while he read with amazement and stupefaction a deed of purchase which seemed wafted to him from the clouds by angels.
Once in the street, the two usurers looked at each other under a street lamp and laughed.
At the same instant Mitral, waiting at the Cafe Themis, saw the two usurers returning, but was unable to perceive the slightest indications of the result on their impassible faces.
Treating previous achievements as transferable entity for power and privilege is a pathetic exercise by a heartless usurer.
Elder Loveless has angered his beloved, the 'Lady' of the title, by wooing her too eagerly, and she has sent him off to travel until he has learned his lesson; Young Loveless has lost his inheritance to a usurer called Morecraft.
5: Whether, when one heir of a usurer cannot make restitution, another is held liable?
But whereas actors playing Shylock have largely failed to summon much that is lovable about the usurer, Ron Moody, the actor best known as Fagin, created a character at once villainous, beloved, and utterly indelible.
Nor does he know that the Church in Cyprus was the biggest usurer during Turkish rule.
For ordinary people here, and in countries like Iraq and Syria, who are just trying to survive civil war, terrorist groups, the collapse of any meaningful government and the consequent humanitarian crises, the outside world seems like a usurer, trading our blood as if it were a commodity like oil.
Bailey next explores Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice as a study of debt rather than usury, arguing that the "play is fueled not by the machination of a predatory usurer but by the desperation of an insolvent debtor" (52).
Shylock, a main character in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, is portrayed as a greedy usurer who lends money at high interest rates, with no compassion for those in financial trouble.
Of course, that amounts to getting a loan from a money-lender, or usurer.
Mauricius's misshapen torso sports a wee penis as a tail and a bulbous frontage of crenelated flesh, and the sardonic usurer takes his greatest pleasure in puerile desecration, shirting in a church or lustily kissing the statue of a saint until his jaw aches.