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- (countable) An exorbitant rate of interest, in excess of any legal rates or at least immorally.
- (uncountable) The practice of lending money at such rates.
- (uncountable, archaic) The practice of lending money at interest.
exorbitant rate of interest in excess of any legal rates
practice of lending money at illegal or unfair rates
- “usury” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).