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(Encyclopedia) usury: see interest .

John Donne: Love's Usury

Love's UsuryFor every hour that thou wilt spare me now, I will allow, Usurious god of love, twenty to thee, When with my brown my gray hairs equal be. Till then, Love, let…

Lateran Council, Second

(Encyclopedia) Lateran Council, Second, 1139, 10th ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church, convened at the Lateran Palace, Rome, by Pope Innocent II . The council…

Lateran Council, Third

(Encyclopedia) Lateran Council, Third, 1179, 11th ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church. It was convened at the Lateran Palace, Rome, by Pope Alexander III after the Peace of…

pawnbroker

(Encyclopedia) pawnbroker, one who makes loans on personal effects that are left as security. The practice of pawnbroking is ancient, as is recognition of the danger it involves of…

loan

(Encyclopedia) loan, in business, sum of money borrowed at a particular interest rate. More generally, it refers to anything given on condition of its return or repayment of its…

Kellogg, Edward

(Encyclopedia) Kellogg, Edward, 1790–1858, American economist, b. Norwalk, Conn. He advocated a financial scheme to abolish interest, which was often usurious at the time he wrote.…

interest

(Encyclopedia) interest, 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…

Muhammad

(Encyclopedia) Muhammad məhăm´əd [key] [Arab.,=praised], 570?–632, the name of the Prophet of Islam , one of the great figures of history, b. Mecca. Early Life…

agrarian reform

(Encyclopedia) agrarian reform, redistribution of the agricultural resources of a country. Traditionally, agrarian, or land, reform is confined to the redistribution of land; in a…