Therefore every one who strives for this dignity for the advantage of his person or for worldly honours is infected with simony.
The practice of simony has converted a temple into a loathsome stable.
He deposed others for simony, and they became still more hostile.
Grossulani said, "But I ask what act of simony do you lay to my charge?"
It would be an act of simony for a man to offer or give money to attain either holy orders or a living.
simony crept in as a consequence and was shamefully practised.
The question surprised me and I was not prepared to give, offhand, a definition of simony.
Is there any reality in the anecdote which makes of him the father of all simony?
This movement much resembled that carried on about the same time by the Patarini in Milan against the simony of the archbishop.
Ay, next to simony, in which our men in next age shall not sin.
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.