Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
  2. (noun, possession) an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest

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Synonyms of Usury


Alternate forms of Usury

Derivations: usurious

Hypernyms: interest rate, lending, loaning, rate of interest

Origin of the word Usury

  1. c.1300, from M.L. usuria, from L. usura "usury, interest," from usus, from stem of uti (see use). Originally the practice of lending money at interest, later, at excessive rates of interest. more

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Words that sound like Usury

uakari, uighur, uigur, user, usher, ussher, ussr, usurer, uxor, uygur

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