Complete Definition of "usury"

English

Etymology
From L. usuria, from L. usura "lending at interest, usury" from usus 'use', from stem of uti 'to use'

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈjuʒəɹi/
SAMPA|/"[email protected]/
AHD|/yo͞o'zhə-rē/
audio|en-us-usury.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
usury (countable and uncountable; plural usuries)

  1. countable An exorbitant rate of interest in excess of any legal rates.
  2. uncountable The practice of lending money at such rates as are not legal or fair.
  3. uncountable archaic The practice of lending money at interest.

Usage notes
4th Century BCE - Wikipedia:Aristotle|Aristotle - Wikipedia:Politics (Aristotle)|Politics, Book I, Part X,
:"The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest."

Related terms
usurer
usuress
usurial
usurious, usuriously, usuriousness

Translations
trans-top|exorbitant rate of interest in excess of any legal rates
Czech: lichva f
Dutch: woekerrente f or m
French: usure f
German: Wucher m
trans-mid
Norwegian: t-|no|Ã¥ger|m, t-|no|Ã¥ger|n
trans-bottom

trans-top|practice of lending money at illegal or unfair rates
Dutch: woeker m
French: usure f
German: Wucherei f
trans-mid
trans-bottom

;to be checked
Spanish: usura f

References
R:Online Etymology Dictionary

Category:English nouns

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