- the making of profit out of sacred things.
- the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, etc.
Origin of simony
Examples from the Web for simony
Charges of that simony are common; conclusive proof there is none.The Life of Cesare Borgia
The practice of simony has converted a temple into a loathsome stable.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
I should say myself that he'd dislike it several degrees more than he did the simony.Lalage's Lovers
George A. Birmingham
Then there comes a story of "simony," in which the influence of Worcester is again apparent.Memorials of Old London
As to his nepotism, simony, and fraud, there was no doubt at all.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66
John Lothrop Motley
- Christianity the practice, now usually regarded as a sin, of buying or selling spiritual or Church benefits such as pardons, relics, etc, or preferments
Word Origin and History for simony
c.1200, "the sin of buying or selling sacred things," from Old French simonie "selling of church offices" (12c.), from Late Latin simonia, from Simon Magus, the Samaritan magician who was rebuked by Peter when he tried to buy the power of conferring the Holy Spirit (Acts viii:18-20). Related: Simoniac; simoniacal.