from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that lends money at an interest rate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who lends money and charges interest, especially one who is not part of the official financial industry
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lends money on interest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
In 1966, a young man named Ed Greenwood was writing adventures about a certain moneylender named Mirt.
The Marx and Ritz Brothers drive reality squealing like a moneylender from the temple.
In theory the sale of a squire's land to a moneylender is a minor and exceptional necessity.
You tell me this man you have here spent weeks and months wheedling needy women out of small sums of money; that he used a drug at the best, and a poison at the worst; that he turned up afterwards as the lowest kind of moneylender, and cheated most poor people in the same patient and pacific style.
The film centers on Clemente Bruno Odar, a moneylender with strict rules and what appears to be a joyless and solitary existence.
But in this imagined case, anyone with even the most passing familiarity with genetics would dismiss the idea of a “greedy moneylender” gene out of hand.
Fear of bringing up the “greedy moneylender” controversy is why universities refuse to teach The Merchant of Venice, just as fear of the “uncontrolled thug” stereotype led to “Othello, the WASP with anger issues of Venice”.
But there is no controversy over “Greedy moneylender” — hence its usefulness for parody.
Mike Schilling: Fear of bringing up the “greedy moneylender” controversy is why universities refuse to teach The Merchant of Venice, just as fear of the “uncontrolled thug” stereotype led to “Othello, the WASP with anger issues of Venice”.
Frank Ch. Eigler: Wait, is something wrong with anybody being a greedy moneylender?
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