usurious

adjective

usu·​ri·​ous yu̇-ˈzhu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce usurious (audio) -ˈzu̇r- How to pronounce usurious (audio)
1
: practicing usury
2
: involving usury : of the character of usury
usurious interest rates
usuriously adverb
usuriousness noun

Examples of usurious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors accused the individuals of participating in a sports gambling operation that received more than $22.7 million in illicit bets and a loansharking operation that brought in about $500,000 in usurious loans. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 6 June 2024 Factors such as insufficient plow animals, plagues, locusts, drought, usurious interest rates — all totally unrelated to Zionist policies — helped create a landless Arab population. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 30 Jan. 2024 Why, for instance, are telephone fees so usurious for the people in prison who can least afford them, when their friends on the outside can practically call Mars for $20 a month? Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 3 Mar. 2024 An auto lender charged usurious interest rates was forced to pay a fine. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 Rates any higher than 10% were considered usurious. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 Storage prices in particular are positively usurious compared to what high-end PC storage costs. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2023 Passed in Illinois in 2021, the law was given life by legislators concerned that the poorest in Illinois were being charged usurious rates of interest for small-dollar loans. John Tamny, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 The government could do something about this by recognizing an effective usurious interest rate and putting a stop to turning people into the fiscal equivalent of the mountains of bodies in cells providing energy for soulless machines in the movie The Matrix. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of usurious was in 1610

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“Usurious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/usurious. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

usurious

adjective
usu·​ri·​ous yu̇-ˈzhu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce usurious (audio) -ˈzu̇r- How to pronounce usurious (audio)
: practicing, involving, or being usury
usurious interest

Legal Definition

usurious

adjective
usu·​ri·​ous yu̇-ˈzhu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce usurious (audio)
1
: practicing usury
2
: involving usury
usurious interest
usuriously adverb
usuriousness noun

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