usu·​ri·​ous | \ yu̇-ˈzhu̇r-ē-əs , -ˈzu̇r- \

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

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Many of the failing institutions sank the money into speculative investments during a real estate bubble, lent to well-connected friends or charged usurious interest rates to desperate borrowers. Thomas Erdbrink, David D. Kirkpatrick And Nilo Tabrizy, New York Times, "How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran’s Protests," 20 Jan. 2018 Prior to that, a federal judge ruled that Tucker should repay $1.3 billion resulting from a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against him and his businesses for his usurious payday loan enterprise. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Scott Tucker, recently convicted payday loan businessman, faces new criminal charges," 20 Dec. 2017 Still, states could set their own rules that apply specifically to ISAs to protect students from usurious-like behavior. Jillian Berman, WSJ, "Students Get Tuition Aid for a Piece of Their Future," 10 Sep. 2017 Depending on how an agreement is structured, the repayment obligation could be usurious, Mr. Kantrowitz says. Jillian Berman, WSJ, "Students Get Tuition Aid for a Piece of Their Future," 10 Sep. 2017 Moreover, the large majority of calls and texts are from prisoners to their families — a way to get around the usurious rates that telecoms charge prisoners and their families to stay in touch via payphones. Ryan Singel, WIRED, "Jamming Prison Phones Will Backfire, Groups Warn Congress," 14 July 2009 A grand jury charged Tucker and Overland Park attorney Tim Muir in February 2016 of running a $2 billion payday lending operation that extended loans with misleading terms and charged usurious interest rates. Steve Vockrodt,, "Judge orders KC law firm to turn over client records in Scott Tucker payday lending case," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of usurious

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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usu·​ri·​ous | \ yu̇-ˈzhu̇r-ē-əs \

Legal Definition of usurious

1 : practicing usury
2 : involving usury usurious interest

Other Words from usurious

usuriously adverb
usuriousness noun

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