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usury

[yoo-zhuh-ree]
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noun, plural u·su·ries.
  1. the lending or practice of lending money at an exorbitant interest.
  2. an exorbitant amount or rate of interest, especially in excess of the legal rate.
  3. Obsolete. interest paid for the use of money.
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Origin of usury

1275–1325; Middle English usurie < Medieval Latin ūsūria (compare Latin ūsūra), equivalent to Latin ūs(us) (see use) + -ūr(a) -ure + -ia -y3
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  • You have been lending money on usury too, and on a bad security.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • 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.

  • Thus we see that the divell is the planter, and the father of usury.

  • Those who have a home are relieved of the burden of usury by rent.

    Usury

    Calvin Elliott


British Dictionary definitions for usury

usury

noun plural -ries
  1. the act or practice of loaning money at an exorbitant rate of interest
  2. an exorbitant or unlawfully high amount or rate of interest
  3. obsolete moneylending
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Derived Formsusurious (juːˈʒʊərɪəs), adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin ūsūria, from Latin ūsūra usage, from ūsus use
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Word Origin and History for usury

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

usury in Culture

usury

[(yooh-zhuh-ree)]

The practice of charging more than the legal interest rate.

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