usury


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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
References in classic literature ?
I guess Jim could take care of their silver and old usury notes as well as you could.
Ay,'' said the Knight, ``to gnaw the bowels of our nobles with usury, and to gull women and boys with gauds and toys I warrant thee store of shekels in thy Jewish scrap.
You should have left it to me, then, madame, who know what they are; but you wished to be frugal, and consequently to lend at usury.
This is a kind of usury, banker, that I do not understand.
A white-clad Oswal banker from Ajmir, his sins of usury new wiped out, asked him what he did.
This is done, chiefly by suppressing, or at least keeping a strait hand, upon the devouring trades of usury, ingrossing great pasturages, and the like.
Now money-making, as we say, being twofold, it may be applied to two purposes, the service of the house or retail trade; of which the first is necessary and commendable, the other justly censurable; for it has not its origin in [1258b] nature, but by it men gain from each other; for usury is most reasonably detested, as it is increasing our fortune by money itself, and not employing it for the purpose it was originally intended, namely exchange.
An I catch yon scurvy varlet, I swear he shall pay full with usury for that he hath had
And having dined, he sat down at his table-desk and completed before midnight an essay which he entitled "The Dignity of Usury.
As the young fry of clerks looked at this man playing bowls in the gardens of the ministry with the minister's children, they cracked their brains to guess the secret of his influence and the nature of his services; while, on the other hand, the aristocrats in all the various ministries looked upon him as a dangerous Mephistopheles, courted him, and gave him back with usury the flatteries he bestowed in the higher sphere.
For every feat of telescoping long days and weeks of life into mad magnificent instants, one must pay with shortened life, and, oft-times, with savage usury added.
The Earldom of Envy, the Kingdom of Covetousness, the Isle of Usury were granted as marriage gifts to the pair.