usurious

adjective
usu·​ri·​ous | \ yu̇-ˈzhu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce usurious (audio) , -ˈzu̇r- How to pronounce usurious (audio) \

Definition of usurious

1 : practicing usury
2 : involving usury : of the character of usury usurious interest rates

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Other Words from usurious

usuriously adverb
usuriousness noun

Examples of usurious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Banks routinely indulge in practices that are legal but should not be, such as imposing usurious interest rates on borrowers or exorbitant fees on merchants for credit and debit cards and creating securities that are designed to fail. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Scientific American, "The American Economy Is Rigged," 1 Nov. 2018 The Amin government labeled them as usurpers of black Ugandans’ economic power, a foreign minority whose usurious self-interest ran against the majority. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The Amin government labeled them as usurpers of black Ugandans’ economic power, a foreign minority whose usurious self-interest ran against the majority. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The Amin government labeled them as usurpers of black Ugandans’ economic power, a foreign minority whose usurious self-interest ran against the majority. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The Amin government labeled them as usurpers of black Ugandans’ economic power, a foreign minority whose usurious self-interest ran against the majority. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 But one consumer agency representative fought back by researching tribal law to release a borrower from a usurious payday loan. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "Home and auto scams top list of consumer complaints in 2018," 30 July 2019 The Amin government labeled them as usurpers of black Ugandans’ economic power, a foreign minority whose usurious self-interest ran against the majority. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The Amin government labeled them as usurpers of black Ugandans’ economic power, a foreign minority whose usurious self-interest ran against the majority. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of usurious

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Usurious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/usurious. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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usurious

adjective
usu·​ri·​ous | \ yu̇-ˈzhu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce usurious (audio) \

Legal Definition of usurious

1 : practicing usury
2 : involving usury usurious interest

Other Words from usurious

usuriously adverb
usuriousness noun

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