Dictionary: U-SU-FRUCT'U-A-RY – U'TIL-IZE

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A person who has the use and enjoyment of property for a time, without having the title or property. Johnson.

US-URE, v.i. [s as z.]

To practice usury. [Not in use.] Shak.

US-U-RER, n. [s as z. See Usury.]

  1. Formerly, a person who lent money and took interest for it.
  2. In present usage, one who lends money at a rate of interest beyond that established by law.

U-SU'RI-OUS, a. [s as z.]

  1. Practicing usury; taking exorbitant interest for the use of money; as, a usurious person.
  2. Partaking of usury; containing usury; as, a usurious contract, which by statute is void.

U-SU'RI-OUS-LY, adv.

In a usurious manner.


The state or quality of being usurious.

U-SURP', v.t. [s as z. Fr. usurper; L. usurpo.]

To seize and hold in possession by force or without right; as, to usurp a throne; to usurp the prerogatives of the crown; to usurp power. To usurp the right of a patron, to oust or dispossess him. Vice sometimes usurps the place of virtue. Denham. [Usurp is not applied to common dispossession of private property.]

U-SURP-A'TION, n. [supra.]

The act of seizing or occupying and enjoying the property of another, without right; as, the usurpation of a throne; the usurpation of the supreme power. Usurpation, in a peculiar sense, denotes the absolute ouster and dispossession of the patron of a church, by presenting a clerk to a vacant benefice, who is thereupon admitted and instituted. Cyc.


Usurping; marked by usurpation.

U-SURP'ED, pp.

Seized or occupied and enjoyed by violence, or without right.


One who seizes or occupies the property of another without right; as, the usurper of a throne, of power, or of the rights of a patron. Shak. Dryden. Cyc.

U-SURP'ING, ppr.

Seizing or occupying the power or property of another without right. The worst of tyrants, an usurping crowd. Pope.


By usurpation; without just right or claim. Shak.

US-U-RY, n. [s as z. Fr. usure; L. usura, from utor, to use.]

  1. Formerly, interest; or a premium paid or stipulated to be paid for the use of money. [Usury formerly denoted any legal interest, but in this sense, the word is no longer in use.]
  2. In present usage, illegal interest; a premium or compensation paid or stipulated to be paid for the use of money borrowed or retained, beyond the rate of interest established by law.
  3. The practice of taking interest. [Obs.] Bacon.

U-TEN'SIL, n. [Fr. utensile. This seems to be formed on the participle of the L. utor.]

An instrument; that which is used; particularly, an instrument or vessel used in a kitchen, or in domestic and farming business.

U'TER-INE, a. [Fr. uterin; L. uterinus, from uterus.]

Pertaining to the womb. Uterine brother or sister, is one born of the same mother, but by a different father. Cyc.


Gestation in the womb from conception to birth. Pritchard.

U'TER-US, n. [L.]

The womb.

UTILE-DULCI, n. [Utile dulci; L.]

The useful with the agreeable.


Consisting in or pertaining to utility.


One who considers utility the end or purpose of moral virtue.


The doctrine that utility is the end of morality.

U-TIL'I-TY, n. [Fr. utilité; L. utilitas, from utor, to use.]

Usefulness; production of good; profitableness to some valuable end; as, the utility of manures upon land; the utility of the sciences; the utility of medicines.


A making profitable; a gaining.

U'TIL-IZE, v.t. [It. utilizzare; Sp. utilizar; from utile, util, useful.]

  1. To gain profit; to acquire. Journ. of Science.
  2. To turn to profitable account or use.