- 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.
Origin of usury
Examples from the Web for usury
Contemporary Examples of usury
On January 29, Francis referred to usury as “a dramatic social ill.”12 Ways Catholicism is More Radical Than Pope Francis
February 9, 2014
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.
March 4, 2013
Biblical and Islamic bans on "usury" (lending money at interest) strike most modern people as pretty silly.Our Demographic Decline
December 4, 2012
Historical Examples of usury
You have been lending money on usury too, and on a bad security.The Christian
She wanted to pay him with usury for his cool, hard disdain.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
His words are to be taken literally; all that He promises He gives with usury.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
Thus we see that the divell is the planter, and the father of usury.On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)
Those who have a home are relieved of the burden of usury by rent.Usury
- the act or practice of loaning money at an exorbitant rate of interest
- an exorbitant or unlawfully high amount or rate of interest
- obsolete moneylending
Word Origin for usury
c.1300, from Medieval Latin usuria, from Latin usura "usury, interest," from usus, from stem of uti (see use (v.)). Originally the practice of lending money at interest, later, at excessive rates of interest.
The practice of charging more than the legal interest rate.