WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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. 


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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