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usury

noun [U]     /ˈjuː.zjʊ.ri/ US  /-ʒɚ.i/ formal disapproving
the activity of lending someone money with the agreement that they will pay back a very much larger amount of money later Borrowing, lending and debt usurer     /ˈjuː.zjʊ.rər/ US  /-ʒɚ.ɚ/ noun [C] usurious     /juːˈzjʊə.ri.əs/ US  /juːˈʒʊr.i-/ adjective usurious interest rates Costing too muchExpensive and luxurious
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