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noun as in lending money at a high interest rate

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Those harms are numerous and varied, Del Río says, and can include practices like issuing loans with triple-digit interest rates because fintech companies are often unregulated by the usury laws banks must follow.

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On January 29, Francis referred to usury as “a dramatic social ill.”

There's a reason for the biblical bans on usury: in a zero-growth world, lending money at interest is quite likely to ruin people.

“But some in the West may think in the aftermath of the financial crisis, banning usury may be useful,” he muses.

Biblical and Islamic bans on "usury" (lending money at interest) strike most modern people as pretty silly.

For usury and lending upon interest were forbidden by the Church, but trafficking was lawful and permitted.

She wanted to pay him with usury for his cool, hard disdain.

Addition and multiplication were his favourite rules, and usury was the foundation of his good deeds.

Mole-eyes grow hawk's: knowledge is lent In grudging driblets that pay high Unconscionable usury To unrelenting life.

He invested in the traffic of usury what had sufficed to save a hundred such as I am from perdition, and he lost it all.


On this page you'll find 2 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to usury, such as: exploitation, and stealing.

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