- the making of profit out of sacred things.
- the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, etc.
Origin of simony
Examples from the Web for simonists
He insults the judges, calls them simonists and ribalds, and refuses to answer the questions put to him.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
They are all Simonists, as they give no holy thing without pay.
- Christianity the practice, now usually regarded as a sin, of buying or selling spiritual or Church benefits such as pardons, relics, etc, or preferments
Word Origin and History for simonists
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.