[ 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.
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Origin of simony
OTHER WORDS FROM simonysi·mon·ist, noun
Words nearby simony
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Example sentences from the Web for simonists
They are all Simonists, as they give no holy thing without pay.
He insults the judges, calls them simonists and ribalds, and refuses to answer the questions put to him.L-bas|J. K. Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for simonists
/ (ˈsaɪmənɪ) /
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 of simonysimonist, noun
Word Origin for simony
C13: from Old French simonie, from Late Latin sīmōnia, from the name of Simon Magus
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