noun, plural u·su·ries.
Examples from the Web for usury
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Biblical and Islamic bans on "usury" (lending money at interest) strike most modern people as pretty silly.
If I had kept thirteen pence out of his fare, the odd penny would have been usury.On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)|John Ruskin
Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible|R. Heber Newton
This can be accomplished largely, if not completely, by the abolition of usury.
Despoiled by herself, no avenger to wipe out the stigma Twin maelstroms of debt and of usury suck down the commons.The Satyricon, Complete|Petronius Arbiter
He does not more than refer to usury; he does not even mention it by name.
British Dictionary definitions for usury
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for usury
Word Origin and History 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.
Culture definitions for usury
The practice of charging more than the legal interest rate.