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[sahy-muh-nee, sim-uh-] /ˈsaɪ mə ni, ˈsɪm ə-/
the making of profit out of sacred things.
the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, etc.
Origin of simony
1175-1225; Middle English simonie < Late Latin simōnia; so called from Simon Magus, who tried to purchase apostolic powers; see Simon ( def 5 ), -y3
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simonist, noun Unabridged
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(Christianity) the practice, now usually regarded as a sin, of buying or selling spiritual or Church benefits such as pardons, relics, etc, or preferments
Derived Forms
simonist, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French simonie, from Late Latin sīmōnia, from the name of Simon Magus
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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.

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