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usury

noun [U] uk   /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 laterBorrowing, lending and debt
usurer
noun [C] uk   /ˈjuː.zjʊ.rər/ us    /-ʒɚ.ɚ/
usurious
adjective uk   /juːˈzjʊə.ri.əs/ us    /juːˈʒʊr.i-/
usurious interest ratesCosting too muchExpensive and luxurious
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