usurious

[yoo-zhoo r-ee-uh s]

adjective

practicing usury; charging illegal or exorbitant rates of interest for the use of money: a usurious moneylender.
constituting or characterized by usury: usurious rates of interest; a usurious loan.

Origin of usurious

First recorded in 1600–10; usury + -ous
Related formsu·su·ri·ous·ly, adverbu·su·ri·ous·ness, nounnon·u·su·ri·ous, adjectivenon·u·su·ri·ous·ly, adverbnon·u·su·ri·ous·ness, nounun·u·su·ri·ous, adjectiveun·u·su·ri·ous·ly, adverbun·u·su·ri·ous·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for usurious
adj.

c.1600, from usury + -ous. Related: Usuriously.

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