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[yoo-zhoo r-ee-uh s] /yuˈʒʊər i əs/
practicing usury; charging illegal or exorbitant rates of interest for the use of money:
a usurious moneylender.
constituting or characterized by usury:
usurious rates of interest; a usurious loan.
Origin of usurious
1600-10; usury + -ous
Related forms
usuriously, adverb
usuriousness, noun
nonusurious, adjective
nonusuriously, adverb
nonusuriousness, noun
unusurious, adjective
unusuriously, adverb
unusuriousness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for usurious
  • 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.
  • Company officers that charge such usurious rates should be jailed.
  • Stop these usurious practices of the credit card companies.
  • Please stop these credit card companies from these usurious practices.
  • As the statutes now stand, however, a real estate loan is usurious if the interest rate exceeds eight per cent per annum.
  • In the last few years, the number of payday lenders and other usurious lenders have soared.
Word Origin and History for usurious

c.1600, from usury + -ous. Related: Usuriously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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