the lending or practice of lending money at an exorbitant interest.
an exorbitant amount or rate of interest, especially in excess of the legal rate.
Obsolete. interest paid for the use of money.
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How to use usury in a sentence
On January 29, Francis referred to usury as “a dramatic social ill.”12 Ways Catholicism is More Radical Than Pope Francis | Nathan Schneider | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There's a reason for the biblical bans on usury: in a zero-growth world, lending money at interest is quite likely to ruin people.Don't Have Enough to Worry About? Here's One More Thing: Low Growth May be Here to Stay. | Megan McArdle | March 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“But some in the West may think in the aftermath of the financial crisis, banning usury may be useful,” he muses.
Biblical and Islamic bans on "usury" (lending money at interest) strike most modern people as pretty silly.
For usury and lending upon interest were forbidden by the Church, but trafficking was lawful and permitted.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche | Anatole France
She wanted to pay him with usury for his cool, hard disdain.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
Addition and multiplication were his favourite rules, and usury was the foundation of his good deeds.
Mole-eyes grow hawk's: knowledge is lent In grudging driblets that pay high Unconscionable usury To unrelenting life.The Burning Wheel | Aldous Huxley
He invested in the traffic of usury what had sufficed to save a hundred such as I am from perdition, and he lost it all.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for usury
the act or practice of loaning money at an exorbitant rate of interest
an exorbitant or unlawfully high amount or rate of interest
- usurious (juːˈʒʊərɪəs), adjective
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Cultural definitions for usury
The practice of charging more than the legal interest rate.
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