simony

[ sahy-muh-nee, sim-uh- ]
/ ˈsaɪ mə ni, ˈsɪm ə- /

noun

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

1175–1225; Middle English simonie < Late Latin simōnia; so called from Simon Magus, who tried to purchase apostolic powers; see Simon(def 5), -y3

OTHER WORDS FROM simony

si·mon·ist, noun
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simony
/ (ˈsaɪmənɪ) /

noun

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 simony

simonist, noun

Word Origin for simony

C13: from Old French simonie, from Late Latin sīmōnia, from the name of Simon Magus
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