Sescuplum (taken once and a half), that sort of usury which consisted in making loans at fifty percent interest. Being a grievous extortion and great oppression, it was condemned in the clergy by the councils of Nice and Laodicea, under the name of ἡμιολίαι; and also in laymen by the law of Justinian, which allows nothing above centesimal interest in any case. See Bingham, Christ. Antiq. 6, 2, 6. SEE USURY.