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 This year, the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general's office have sued several companies peddling loans with usurious terms. NBC News, "New Trump admin rules make it easier for lenders to charge small businesses super-high interest rates," 8 Dec. 2020 Consumer advocates have complained for years that these loans are usurious and unfair. Washington Post, "Mnuchin says pandemic loan to Trump donor’s company 'not the spirit and the intent’ of program," 3 Dec. 2020 In Central America, families mortgage their homes and land at usurious rates to pay smuggling fees, which are so steep that only U.S. wages are high enough to cover them, according to University of Arizona researcher Richard Lee Johnson. National Geographic, "Migrant teens need school. Around the world, they face pressure not to go.," 2 July 2020 Palmer's plans were trimmed—EV development suspended, plans to revive Lagonda put on ice—and more money was raised to keep the company going, at increasingly usurious interest rates. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Smarting: Could Anything Have Changed Andy Palmer's Aston Martin Tenure?," 2 July 2020 Bhairavi Desai, head of the New York Taxi Drivers Alliance, said her members have been ravaged by disease and, in many cases, usurious debt. Max Abelson, Bloomberg.com, "NYC Businesses Already Hit by Covid Now Must Reopen Amid Rubble," 3 June 2020 With so many credit cards charging usurious interest rates and fees—annual rates in excess of 25 percent—without such a stay, families will emerge from the crisis with unmanageable debt burdens; and this, too, will slow the recovery. Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Review of Books, "A Lasting Remedy for the Covid-19 Pandemic’s Economic Crisis," 8 Apr. 2020 In Plutarch, Romans were weighed down by usurious interest rates. James Shapiro, The New Yorker, "The Shakespeare Play That Presaged the Trump Administration’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of usurious

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Usurious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/usurious. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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