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u·su·ry

 (yo͞o′zhə-rē)
n. pl. u·su·ries
1. The practice of lending money and charging the borrower interest, especially at an exorbitant or illegally high rate.
2. An excessive or illegally high rate of interest charged on borrowed money.
3. Archaic Interest charged or paid on a loan.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin ūsūria, alteration of Latin ūsūra, from ūsus, use; see usual.]

usury

(ˈjuːʒərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Banking & Finance) the act or practice of loaning money at an exorbitant rate of interest
2. (Banking & Finance) an exorbitant or unlawfully high amount or rate of interest
3. (Banking & Finance) obsolete moneylending
[C14: from Medieval Latin ūsūria, from Latin ūsūra usage, from ūsus use]
usurious adj
uˈsuriously adv
uˈsuriousness n

u•su•ry

(ˈyu ʒə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. the practice of lending money at an exorbitant interest rate.
2. an exorbitant amount or rate of interest.
3. Obs. interest paid for the use of money.
[1275–1325; Middle English usurie (< Old French) < Medieval Latin ūsūria interest, usury, for Latin ūsūra]

usury

1. the lending of money at excessive interest rates, especially rates above legal limits.
2. the excessive interest rate charged. — usurer, n. — usurious, adj.
See also: Finance
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.usury - an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest
interest rate, rate of interest - the percentage of a sum of money charged for its use
2.usury - the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
lending, loaning - disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned
Translations
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usury

[ˈjuːʒʊrɪ] Nusura f

usury

[ˈjuːʒəri] nusure f (prêt)

usury

nWucher m; to practise (Brit) or practice (US) usuryWucher treiben; 32% interest is usury32% Zinsen sind or ist Wucher

usury

[ˈjuːʒʊrɪ] n (frm) (old) → usura
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