usury

noun usu·ry \ ˈyü-zhə-rē , ˈyüzh-rē \

Definition of usury

plural usuries
1 archaic :interest
2 :the lending of money with an interest charge for its use; especially :the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates
3 :an unconscionable or exorbitant rate or amount of interest; specifically :interest in excess of a legal rate charged to a borrower for the use of money

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Origin and Etymology of usury

Middle English usurie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin usuria, alteration of Latin usura, from usus, past participle of uti to use


USURY Defined for English Language Learners

usury

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Definition of usury for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of lending money and requiring the borrower to pay a high amount of interest


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usury

noun usu·ry \ ˈyü-zhə-rē \

legal Definition of usury

1 :the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates; specifically :the crime of charging or contracting to charge an unlawfully high rate of interest
2 :a rate or amount of interest charged in usury — compare legal interest at interest 5

Origin and Etymology of usury

Medieval Latin usuria interest, lending at exorbitant interest, alteration of Latin usura use, interest (i.e., sum paid for use of money), from usus use


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