1. Usury is etymologically 'use' of money lent, hence 'interest'.
2. Originally the practice of lending money at interest, later, at excessive rates of interest.
- usury:  Usury is etymologically ‘use’ of money lent. The term comes via Anglo-Norman *usurie from medieval Latin ūsūria, an alteration of classical Latin ūsūra ‘use of money lent’, hence ‘interest’. This in turn was derived from ūsus ‘use’, source also of English use and usage.
- usury (n.)
- c. 1300, "practice of lending money at interest," later, at excessive rates of interest, from Medieval Latin usuria, alteration of Latin usura "payment for the use of money, interest," literally "a usage, use, enjoyment," from usus, from stem of uti (see use (v.)). From mid-15c. as "premium paid for the use of money, interest," especially "exorbitant interest."
- 1. The interest of usury is unfairly high.
- 2. He used to practise usury frequently.
- 3. And the principal means for suppressing the common liberty were -- money and usury.
- 这时, 货币和高利贷已成为压制人民自由的主要手段.
来自英汉非文学 - 家庭、私有制和国家的起源
- 4. Usury is condemned as payment for the use of money which has no use value.
- 5. The purpose however, was the same - tax collection, usury, local political control.
- 然而, 不管旗号是什么,目的都是为了征税 、 放高利贷和在当地进行政治控制.
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