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  • n. Plural form of usance.


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  • Linking themselves in marriage, and yet continuing their usances in

    The Decameron

  • Moreover he kissed the hem of his sleeve and welcomed him, [666] saying, "O my Lady Fatimeh, I beseech thee do me a kindness, since I know thy usances in the matter of the healing of pains, for that there hath betided me a sore pain in my head."

    Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp

  • Neither yet is this insatiable Jew satisfied or settled with: he had papers against us of 'small debts fourteen years old;' his modest claim amounts finally to 'Twelve hundred pounds besides interest;' -- and one hopes he never got satisfied in this world; one almost hopes he was one of those beleaguered Jews who hanged themselves in York Castle shortly afterwards, and had his usances and quittances and horseleech papers summarily set fire to!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • Kelly's note on this proverb is not favourable to the court usances of his time (1721).

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • Farmers-General oblige themselves to pay the value thereof in cash, or bills on their Receiver General, at three usances as customary.

    The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I

  • Besides these reasons, travel is in my opinion a very profitable exercise; the soul is there continually employed in observing new and unknown things, and I do not know, as I have often said a better school wherein to model life than by incessantly exposing to it the diversity of so many other lives, fancies, and usances, and by making it relish a perpetual variety of forms of human nature.

    The Essays of Montaigne — Complete

  • You must know, then, that there were in our city, of times past, many goodly and commendable usances, whereof none is left there nowadays, thanks to the avarice that hath waxed therein with wealth and hath banished them all.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Now you must know that I am a friar and am therefore well acquainted with all their usances; and if I speak somewhat at large of them for your profit, it is not forbidden me, as it were to another; nay, and it pleaseth me to speak of them, so you may henceforward know them better than you appear to have done in the past.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Look among all thy gentlemen and examine into their worth, their usances and their manners, and on the other hand consider those of Guiscardo; if thou wilt consent to judge without animosity, thou wilt say that he is most noble and that these thy nobles are all churls.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • The lady, seeing this and having now abidden there some days, perceived, by the usances of the folk, that she was among Christians and in a country where, even if she could, it had little profited her to make herself known and foresaw that, in the end, either perforce or for love, needs must she resign herself to do

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio


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