Origin of simony
Examples from the Web for simony
But that is precisely the transaction which you have cleared from the guilt of simony.
The practice of simony has converted a temple into a loathsome stable.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Henry Martyn Baird
Is there any reality in the anecdote which makes of him the father of all simony?The Apostles|Ernest Renan
Personally this ruler was wholly free from simony and waged an unrelenting war against the abuse both in Italy and in Germany.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
Geoffrey the First, seven years later, was excommunicated for simony and other vices.The Story of Chartres|Cecil Headlam
British Dictionary definitions for simony
Word Origin for simony
Word Origin and History for simony
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.