[ si-moh-nee-ak ]

  1. a person who practices simony.

Origin of simoniac

1300–50; Middle English <Medieval Latin simoniacus (noun and adj.). See simony, -ac

Other words from simoniac

  • si·mo·ni·a·cal [sahy-muh-nahy-uh-kuhl, sim-uh-], /ˌsaɪ məˈnaɪ ə kəl, ˌsɪm ə-/, adjective
  • si·mo·ni·a·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby simoniac Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use simoniac in a sentence

  • Oxford gave the signal by hunting a Papal legate out of the city amid cries of "usurer" and "simoniac" from the mob of students.

  • The Archbishop, after some consideration, answered, "To refrain from deposing a simoniac."

    Freaks of Fanaticism | Sabine Baring-Gould
  • This was a man very greedy of money, and a simoniac, which sold in his court every Inf.

    Villani's Chronicle | Giovanni Villani

British Dictionary definitions for simoniac


/ (sɪˈməʊnɪˌæk) /

  1. a person who is guilty of practising simony

Derived forms of simoniac

  • simoniacal (ˌsaɪməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective
  • simoniacally, adverb

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