usurious

[yoo-zhoor-ee-uhs]
adjective
1.
practicing usury; charging illegal or exorbitant rates of interest for the use of money: a usurious moneylender.
2.
constituting or characterized by usury: usurious rates of interest; a usurious loan.

Origin:
1600–10; usury + -ous

usuriously, adverb
usuriousness, noun
nonusurious, adjective
nonusuriously, adverb
nonusuriousness, noun
unusurious, adjective
unusuriously, adverb
unusuriousness, noun
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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
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin ūsūria, from Latin ūsūra usage, from ūsususe]
 
usurious
 
adj

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Example sentences
Among the earliest changes they wrought was to reduce usurious interest rates,
  and build a few hospitals and roads.
For every deadbeat borrower, there is an equal and opposite imprudent and
  usurious creditor.
Interest rates have risen to the usurious range and should be again regulated.
It's time to make them stop gouging us with usurious and unfair interest rates
  on credit cards.
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