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usury

[yoo-zhuh-ree] /ˈyu ʒə ri/
noun, plural usuries.
1.
the lending or practice of lending money at an exorbitant interest.
2.
an exorbitant amount or rate of interest, especially in excess of the legal rate.
3.
Obsolete. interest paid for the use of money.
Origin of usury
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English usurie < Medieval Latin ūsūria (compare Latin ūsūra), equivalent to Latin ūs(us) (see use) + -ūr(a) -ure + -ia -y3
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usury

/ˈjuːʒərɪ/
noun (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
Derived Forms
usurious (juːˈʒʊərɪəs) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin ūsūria, from Latin ūsūra usage, from ūsususe
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Word Origin and History for usury
n.

c.1300, from Medieval Latin usuria, from Latin usura "usury, interest," from usus, from stem of uti (see use (v.)). Originally the practice of lending money at interest, later, at excessive rates of interest.

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usury in Culture
usury [(yooh-zhuh-ree)]

The practice of charging more than the legal interest rate.

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usury in the Bible

the sum paid for the use of money, hence interest; not, as in the modern sense, exorbitant interest. The Jews were forbidden to exact usury (Lev. 25:36, 37), only, however, in their dealings with each other (Deut. 23:19, 20). The violation of this law was viewed as a great crime (Ps. 15:5; Prov. 28:8; Jer. 15:10). After the Return, and later, this law was much neglected (Neh. 5:7, 10).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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