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usury

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Definition lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest
  • This is a kind of usury, banker, that I do not understand.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • At the end of ten years they had paid everything, everything, with the rates of usury and the accumulations of the compound interest.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • The usurer hangs the cozener.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • He had begun life as an obscure financier by lending small sums of money to workmen at usurious interest.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I guess Jim could take care of their silver and old usury notes as well as you could.'
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The results among them, even, are long hours of toil, low wages, child labor, and lack of protection against usury and cheating.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • A white-clad Oswal banker from Ajmir, his sins of usury new wiped out, asked him what he did.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • How a usurer's wife was brought to bed of twenty money-bags at a burden, and how she long'd to eat adders' heads and toads carbonadoed.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • —and had been cheated in too, had he cost but the indifferent sum of a month's usury on a brass farthing let to a tinker out of work."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Do you think I am a Jew-usurer, seeking good investment in land?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • You should have left it to me, then, madame, who know what they are; but you wished to be frugal, and consequently to lend at usury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • 'He defies the usurer, does he?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Yes, the incomes are considerable, but they are barely sufficient to cover the usury on Littlefinger's loans.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • I considered it a usurious amount of money, but agreed nonetheless.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • But because the usurer takes another course, he despises Nature in herself, and in her follower, since upon other thing he sets his hope.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • About your neck, like a usurer's chain? or under your arm, like a lieutenant's scarf?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Of course, any industrial profit above four per cent is considered usury nowadays.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Your brother, Leonid Andreyevitch, says I'm a snob, a usurer, but that is absolutely nothing to me.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard

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