usury

[ yoo-zhuh-ree ]
/ ˈyu ʒə ri /

noun, plural u·su·ries.

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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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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British Dictionary definitions for usury

usury
/ (ˈjuːʒərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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

Derived forms of usury

usurious (juːˈʒʊərɪəs), adjective

Word Origin for usury

C14: from Medieval Latin ūsūria, from Latin ūsūra usage, from ūsus use
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Cultural definitions for usury

usury
[ (yooh-zhuh-ree) ]

The practice of charging more than the legal interest rate.

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