Shylocking



noun
1.
a relentless and revengeful moneylender in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
2.
a hard-hearted moneylender.
verb (used without object)
3.
(lowercase) to lend money at extortionate rates of interest.
noun
1.
a heartless or demanding creditor

Shylock definition

The merciless moneylender in The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. He demands a pound of flesh from the title character of the play after the merchant defaults on his debt.

Note: Shylock is a Jew, and there has long been controversy over whether Shakespeare’s portrayal of Shylock contributes to prejudice against Jews. Shylock is a cruel miser and eventually is heavily fined and disgraced, but he maintains his dignity. At one point in the play, he makes a famous, eloquent assertion that his desire for revenge is the same desire that a Christian would feel in his place. “I am a Jew,” says Shylock. “Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?”

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