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  1. a person who practices simony.
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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
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Examples from the Web for simoniacal

Historical Examples

  • He often asks me to give a good word to some Simoniacal book.

    The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance

    Paul Elmer More

  • Like him I would have to be simoniacal and sacrilegious, Ah!

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont

  • Those judges are simoniacal, they have been sold to the English.

  • This the Pope refused, having heard, it is said, of his Simoniacal practices.

  • Gregory had forbidden the people to accept the sacraments from the hands of vicious or simoniacal priests.

    The Makers of Modern Rome

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for simoniacal


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