adjective Date: 1610 1. practicing usury 2. involving usury ; of the character of usury <
usurious interest rates
usuriously adverbusuriousness noun

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  • Usurious — U*su ri*ous (?; 277), a. [From {Usury}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Practicing usury; taking illegal or exorbitant interest for the use of money; as, a usurious person. [1913 Webster] 2. Partaking of usury; containing or involving usury; as, a usurious… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • usurious — [yo͞o zhoor′ē əs] adj. 1. practicing usury 2. of or constituting usury usuriously adv. usuriousness n …   English World dictionary

  • usurious — usuriously, adv. usuriousness, n. /yooh zhoor ee euhs/, adj. 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… …   Universalium

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  • usurious — /yuwzhuriyas/ Pertaining to usury; partaking of the nature of usury; involving usury; tainted with usury; as, a usurious contract. See usury @ usurious contract A contract where interest to be paid exceeds the rate established by statute.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • usurious — u|su|ri|ous [ju:ˈzjuəriəs US ju:ˈʒur ] adj formal a usurious price or rate of ↑interest 1(4) is unfairly high …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • usurious — adjective formal a usurious price or rate of interest 1 (4) is unfairly high …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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