Definitions for usuryˈyu ʒə ri
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
u•su•ryˈyu ʒə ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.
the practice of lending money at an exorbitant interest rate.
an exorbitant amount or rate of interest.
Obs. interest paid for the use of money.
Origin of usury:
1275–1325; ME usurie (< OF) < ML ūsūria interest, usury, for L ūsūra
an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest
the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
An exorbitant rate of interest, in excess of any legal rates or at least immorally.
The practice of lending money at such rates.
The practice of lending money at interest.
Origin: From usuria, from usura "lending at interest, usury" from usus 'use', from stem of uti 'to use'
a premium or increase paid, or stipulated to be paid, for a loan, as of money; interest
the practice of taking interest
interest in excess of a legal rate charged to a borrower for the use of money