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si·mo·ny

 (sī′mə-nē, sĭm′ə-)
n.
The buying or selling of ecclesiastical offices or of indulgences or other spiritual things.

[Middle English simonie, from Old French, from Late Latin simōnia, after Simon Magus, a sorcerer who tried to buy spiritual powers from the Apostle Peter (Acts 8:9-24).]

si′mo·nist n.

simony

(ˈsaɪmənɪ)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the practice, now usually regarded as a sin, of buying or selling spiritual or Church benefits such as pardons, relics, etc, or preferments
[C13: from Old French simonie, from Late Latin sīmōnia, from the name of Simon Magus]
ˈsimonist n

si•mo•ny

(ˈsaɪ mə ni, ˈsɪm ə-)

n.
1. the making of profit out of sacred things.
2. the buying or selling of ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, etc.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin simōnia; after Simon Magus, who tried to purchase apostolic powers; see Simon (definition 4), -y3]
si′mon•ist, n.

simonism, simony

the practice or defense of the selling of church relies, preferments, etc. — simoniac, simonist, n.
See also: Catholicism
the sin or offense of selling or granting for personal advantage church appointments, benefices, preferments, etc. — simoniac, simonist, n.
See also: Church
the sin or offense of selling or granting for personal advantage church appointments, benefices, preferments, etc. — simonist, n.
See also: Sin
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simony - traffic in ecclesiastical offices or prefermentssimony - traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
traffic - buying and selling; especially illicit trade
Translations

simony

[ˈsaɪmənɪ] Nsimonía f

simony

n (old Eccl) → Simonie f
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Kirkham (222) also finds in this novella allusions to Dante's bolge of the flatterers (who are immersed in human dung), of the simoniacs (Simon Magus, who shares the doctor's name, was, like him, a believer in magic who plummets to earth headfirst), and of the diviners (who include, as we have seen, Michael Scott) in Inferno 18-20.
If you examine their life--the carnal, the impudent, the fornicators, the simoniacs, the idolaters, [and such sort]--they think that this roaring of theirs, together with the rest of their hypocrisy and playacted scenes, is the worship of God.
He and his officials sell the gifts of God like the Simoniacs.