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usury:

see interestinterest,
charge for the use of credit or money, usually figured as a percentage of the principal and computed annually. Simple interest is computed annually on the principal.
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Usury

Fledgeby
cowardly and deceitful moneylender. [Br. Lit.: Our Mutual Friend]
Gride, Arthur
extorting moneylender. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Milo
loaned gold for huge interest rates and sexual favors. [Gk. Lit.: The Golden Ass]
Nickleby, Ralph
avaricious and ungentlemanly moneylender. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Shylock
shrewd, avaricious moneylender. [Br. Lit.: Merchant of Venice]
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