a person who practices simony.

Origin of simoniac

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin simoniacus (noun and adj.). See simony, -ac
Related formssi·mo·ni·a·cal [sahy-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l, sim-uh-] /ˌsaɪ məˈnaɪ ə kəl, ˌsɪm ə-/, adjectivesi·mo·ni·a·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for simoniac

Historical Examples of simoniac

  • 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

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

British Dictionary definitions for simoniac



a person who is guilty of practising simony
Derived Formssimoniacal (ˌsaɪməˈnaɪəkəl), adjectivesimoniacally, adverb
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