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English definition of “usury”

usury

noun [U]     /ˈjuːzjʊri/ US   /-ʒɚI/ formal disapproving
the lending of money at extremely high interest rates: The payday loans, exempt from usury laws, carry an annual interest rate of 390%.
usurer /ˈjuːzjʊrər/ US   /-ʒɚə˞/ noun [C] usurious /juːˈzjʊəriəs/ US   /juːˈʒʊri-/ adjective
(Definition of usury noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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