Definition of usury noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈjuːʒəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːʒəri//
[uncountable] (old-fashioned, disapproving)
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the practice of lending money to people at unfairly high rates of interest Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French usurie, or from medieval Latin usuria, from Latin usura, from usus ‘a use’, from uti ‘to use’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: usury