usury

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n usury the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
    • n usury an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Usury A premium or increase paid, or stipulated to be paid, for a loan, as of money; interest. "Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury .""Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchanges, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury .""What he borrows from the ancients, he repays with usury of his own."
    • Usury (Law) Interest in excess of a legal rate charged to a borrower for the use of money.
    • Usury The practice of taking interest. "Usury . . . bringeth the treasure of a realm or state into a few hands."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n usury Originally, any premium paid, or stipulated to be paid, for the use of money; interest. [Obsolete or archaic.]
    • n usury An excessive or inordinate premium paid, or stipulated to be paid, for the use of money borrowed; any such premium in excess of the rate established or permitted by law, which varies locally.
    • n usury The practice of lending money at interest, or of taking interest for money lent; specifically, and now almost exclusively, the practice of taking exorbitant or excessive interest; the taking of extortionate interest from the needy or extravagant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Usury ū′zhū-ri the taking of iniquitous or illegal interest on a loan, formerly interest of any kind on money lent
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. usurie, usure, F. usure, L. usura, use, usury, interest, fr. uti, p. p. usus, to use. See Use (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. usurauti, usus, to use.

Usage

In literature:

She wanted to pay him with usury for his cool, hard disdain.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
For this high usury each of our lives, however small may seem our capital, was given us by God.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
This was charged up against him to be paid for later at usurious interest.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
I would ask more, but that, you know, would be usurious!
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
If you make up your mind to put your florins out to usury, you can let me know to-morrow.
"Romola" by George Eliot
Beyond question he had not that intimate acquaintance with the technique of usury which long use alone can give.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
After a few years (1834) he returned to Europe, having realised L20,000 by usury.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Usury and the church, 12.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
His words are to be taken literally; all that He promises He gives with usury.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
No longer does he crawl to the church to buy pardon for usury.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
I will put it to usury; and prove to your father, that he who loves his daughter is not unworthy of her.
"The Banished" by Wilhelm Hauff
Only in usury they had excelled all other nations before and after them.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
Do not our usury laws take some rights from the individual?
"The Arena" by Various
The Palestines, by extraordinary usury, at fifty per cent., had possessed themselves of almost all the riches of the country.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
He forbade usury with foreigners, and commanded the giving of alms.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The whole of their science was comprised in money-changing and usury.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Leprosy, as well as fanaticism and usury, had been a distinguishing characteristic of the Jews.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Leave the road, my friend, and put thy money out at usury.
"The Taming of the Jungle" by Dr. C. W. Doyle
Our bodies are built into strength by a series of reactions, and our spirits evermore receive their own with usury.
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes
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In poetry:

Whose soul in usury disdains
His treasure to employ;
Whom no reward can ever bribe
The guiltless to destroy.
"A Gentleman" by Horatius Bonar
"I bring thee bread and water, sire!
"Brave usury for thy gold!
"I fear my filial zeal will tire
"To visit, soon, thy hold!"
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Thyrde" by Thomas Cooper
Full lasting is the song, though he,
The singer, passes: lasting too,
For souls not lent in usury,
The rapture of the forward view.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
Give not among thy children in thy will,
What thou hast got by usury, or wrong,
Or any method fraudulently ill:
Gains of that sort endure but seldom long.
"An Admonition To A Sick Person, To Make His Will In Time, And To Dispose Of His Effects In The Fear " by Rees Prichard
"Give me the woman precious to thy heart,
Give up to me thy Laura!
Beyond the grave will usury pay the smart."—
I wept aloud, and from my bleeding heart
With resignation tore her.
"Resignation" by Friedrich von Schiller
Then Satan said to Dives: — "Return again with me,
"Who hast broken His Commandment in the day He set thee free,
"Who grindest for thy greed
"Man's belly-pinch and need,
"And the blood of Man to filthy usury!"
"The Peace of Dives" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Rep Wood, a soldier-legislator, is upset that a law he sponsored requires payday lenders to make usurious loans to the military.
Where a promissory note has been executed calling for 24 percent annual interest, the note should be reformed so as to comply with state usury statute.
Baptists, Catholics, and the Prohibition on Usury .
Usury and Law in Early Modern England by Norman Jones Basil Blackwell, 217 pp.
What Does Centesimus Annus Teach, The Question of Just Wage , Is Usury Still a Sin, and much more.
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In science:

Lewison, M.: Conflicts of interest? The ethics of usury.
An Application Specific Informal Logic for Interest Prohibition Theory
In particular, usury went from denoting all forms of interest to denoting excessively high interest rates.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
Preventing or forbidding the occurrence of usury in the latter sense has become standard practice in the Western world.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
Forbidding the occurrence of usury in the former sense underlies Islamic finance.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
Ackerman, J.M.: Interest rates and the law: A history of usury.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
Lewison, M.: Conflicts of interest? The ethics of usury.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
Senn, M.A.: A matter of principle and interest: The briefest possible history of usury.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
Visser, W.A.M., MacIntosh, A.: A short review of the historical critique of usury.
Interest prohibition and financial product innovation
This explanation may be contrasted with common assertions that either (i) usury is an old term for interest but with the same meaning in essence, or that (ii) usury refers to interests which are in some sense excessive and are for that reason to be considered especially problematic.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
Below I will take interest to be a combination of usury and interest as given above, possibly including a compensation made by the borrower to the lender for borrower default risk.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
In Summa Theologica, Question 78, “the sin of usury” (see ) Aquinas presents less comprehensive but similar arguments, though now concluding that borrowing with usury from a professional lender used to accept usury, may be permissible if it is done with good purpose.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
In the Summa Biblical references against usury are not deemed conclusive and like in “De Male” technical arguments against usury are put forward as being decisive.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
It represents usury in a morally ob jectionable form (taking as a part of its meaning the excessive imposition of a burden on the borrower’s side).
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
Ackerman, J.M.: Interest rates and the law: a history of usury.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
Ali Khan, M.S.: The Mohammedan laws against usury and how they are evaded. J.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
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