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ˈʃaɪ lɒkshy·lock

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. usurer, loan shark, moneylender, shylocknoun

    someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest

  2. Shylocknoun

    a merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare


  1. shylocknoun

    A loan shark.

  2. shylockverb

    To lend money at exorbitant rates of interest.

  3. Shylocknoun

    A fictional character who was a moneylender (Jewish stereotype) in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

  4. Etymology: From the character Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice


  1. Shylock

    Shylock is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice (c. 1600). A Venetian Jewish moneylender, Shylock is the play's principal antagonist. His defeat and conversion to Christianity form the climax of the story. Shylock's characterisation is composed of stereotypes, for instance greediness and vengefulness, although there were no practising Jews who lived in England during Shakespearean England. Jews were expelled from the country in 1290 by Edward I in the Edict of Expulsion; this was not reversed until the Cromwell Era.


  1. shylock

    A shylock, deriving from the character of the same name in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," is generally defined as a moneylender who charges excessively high interest rates – in other words, a usurer. This term is often used in a derogatory context due to the negative attributes of the character in the play. However, it's important to note that use of this term can be considered anti-Semitic due to its origins and implications.


  1. Shylock

    Shylock is a fictional character in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Shylock

    the Jew in Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice."

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  1. Shylock

    See New York City business directory.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shylock in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shylock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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