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Synonyms for usurer

someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest

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That the usurer is the greatest Sabbath-breaker, because his plough goeth every Sunday.
That the usurer breaketh the first law, that was made for mankind after the fall, which was, in sudore vultus tui comedes panem tuum; not, in sudore vultus alieni.
"Well, now," remarked Benassis, when the usurer had gone, "if that fellow were in Paris, do you not think that he would be a millionaire before very long?"
Taken at once to the Cafe Themis by Mitral, these securities passed into the hands of the two usurers, who hastened (though on foot) to the ministry.
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.
Shylock is, of course, not a merchant as is Marlowe's Barabas and as he would have been in early modern Venice, but a usurer.
Apart from the disgraceful collaborationism, the church imposed unendurable taxes and, at a time when there were no banks, had the role of usurer, taking over the land of poor farmers in times of drought.
Treating previous achievements as transferable entity for power and privilege is a pathetic exercise by a heartless usurer. Harping on having led 'all democratic movements', a claim roundly ignored by voters who are more literate, more educated, have travelled more than any previous generation and have been fed false promises and rank poor performance all these years.
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.
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.
Ryner, "The Usurer's Theatrical Body: Refiguring Profit in The Jew of Malta and The Blind Beggar of Alexandria" (25-34); Peter Hyland, "Theater of Anatomy: The Tragedy of Hoffman" (35-46); Ann Thompson and John O.
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).