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usurious ‎(comparative more usurious, superlative most usurious)

  1. Of or pertaining to usury.
  2. Exorbitant.


  • 1815, William Pyle Taunton, Great Britain Court of Common Pleas, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Common Pleas and Other Courts from Trinity Term, 53 GEO. III. 1813, to Michaelmas Term, 55 GEO. III. 1814, Both Inclusive. With Tables of the Cases and Principal Matters, p784
    The fallacy of his argument is, that he supposes the objection to the plaintiff’s recovery to be, that his contract with the defendant is usurious; whereas the objection really arises from the circumstance that these notes are deposited to enforce another contract, which was usurious, and the defence rests on this — not that more than 5 per cent. is reserved by these bills, but that they are destined to enforce a contract which is usurious.
  • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 4, Abbot Hugo
    His one worldly care was to raise ready money; sufficient for the day is the evil thereof. And how he raised it: From usurious insatiable Jews; every fresh Jew sticking on him like a fresh horseleech, sucking his and our life out; crying continually, Give, Give!

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