Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Practicing usury.
  • adj. Of or constituting usury: usurious interest rates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to usury.
  • adj. Exorbitant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Practicing usury; taking illegal or exorbitant interest for the use of money.
  • adj. Partaking of usury; containing or involving usury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Practising usury; specifically, taking exorbitant interest for the use of money.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of usury; acquired by usury.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

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Examples

  • However, I realized early on that if there was no bailout and banks began to fail; unemployment started to rise into the high double digits; and credit companies jacked their interest rates up into what most of us would call usurious rates, that even I might not be able to pay my mortgage should I be laid off and not be able to find another job because no one was hiring.

    Evening Buzz: Bailout Vote

  • Though contracts of this kind and under such a form cannot strictly be called usurious, yet, nevertheless, the vendors incur guilt, unless they are really doubtful whether the wares might be worth more or less at the time of payment.

    An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching

  • The tears in her voice were the payment of what must be called a usurious speculation of love.

    The Lily of the Valley

  • In the US, the Democratic Representative Maxine Waters has introduced a draft bill called the Stop Vultures Act. It would ban vulture funds from seeking "usurious" payments -- defined as anything more than the purchase price of the debt plus 6 percent a year interest.

    Johann Hari: We Must Stop the "Vulture Funds" That Feed on the World's Poor

  • They are being charged "usurious" interest rates because the government has caused interest rates to rise to control inflation.

    Letters to the editor: Dec 1995

  • Depending on the faction, it demands debt relief by suspension of all interest payments (repay capital only); restructuring of debts for 12 to 15 year repayment with the first five years interest free; return of all previously seized property and equipment; and jail sentences for bankers who charge "usurious" interest rates.

    The middle class revolt

  • He called the higher rates "usurious," and the second avalanche an avoidable mistake.

    JuneauEmpire.com

  • One of the favorite claims of payday lending opponents is that payday loans are "usurious".

    Blogger News Network

  • London Citizens, an alliance of religious leaders and civic groups in the capital, has been campaigning for a cap on "usurious" rates of commercial lending.

    Personal finance and money news, analysis and comment | guardian.co.uk

  • In the US, the Democratic Representative Maxine Waters has introduced a draft bill called the Stop Vultures Act. It would ban vulture funds from seeking "usurious" payments - defined as anything more than the purchase price of the debt plus six per cent a year interest.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

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