WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
u•su•ry /ˈyuʒəri/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]

    the practice of lending money at an unfairly high interest rate.
u•sur•er, n. [countable]
u•sur•i•ous /yuˈʒʊriəs/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
u•su•ry  (yo̅o̅zhə rē), 
n., pl. -ries. 
  1. the lending or practice of lending money at an exorbitant interest.
  2. an exorbitant amount or rate of interest, esp. in excess of the legal rate.
  3. [Obs.]interest paid for the use of money.
Etymology:
  • Medieval Latin ūsūria (compare Latin ūsūra), equivalent. to Latin ūs(us) (see use) + -ūr(a) -ure + -ia -y3
  • Middle English usurie 1275–1325


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

usury /ˈjuːʒərɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. the act or practice of loaning money at an exorbitant rate of interest
  2. an exorbitant or unlawfully high amount or rate of interest
  3. obsolete moneylending
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin ūsūria, from Latin ūsūra usage, from ūsus use

usurious /juːˈʒʊərɪəs/ adj



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