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 (sī-mō′nē-ăk′, sĭ-)
One who practices simony.

si·mo′ni·ac′, si′mo·ni′a·cal (sī′mə-nī′ə-kəl, sĭm′ə-) adj.
si′mo·ni′a·cal·ly adv.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who is guilty of practising simony
simoniacal adj
ˌsimoˈniacally adv


(sɪˈmoʊ niˌæk)

a person who practices simony.
[1300–50; < Medieval Latin simoniacus (n. and adj.). See simony, -ac]
si•mo•ni•a•cal (ˌsaɪ məˈnaɪ ə kəl, ˌsɪm ə-) adj.
si`mo•ni′a•cal•ly, adv.
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On the simoniac heresy which they perform through ordinations
There are a great number, when the simoniac heresies are condemned, who either by request, by price, or by allegiance dispense sacred orders.
Over the disseminations and wallows of mostly simoniac speech filled with scraps, orts, refuse and leftovers-Montaigne's "pastissage de lieux communs"--the narrative voice, intent on linkage, asserts the transmogrifying powers of language while it tonally unifies and structures a vision, establishing long distance iconic isotopes that contrast with the merely obsessive rehashed quality of reported speech.
It was originally a polemical work concerned with reformation of the church (especially unchaste and simoniac priests).
Archbishop Laud and his allies, by deciding such arrangements in the Church were simoniac, needlessly disturbed the retirement of elderly clergymen.
He also severely criticized the Church hierarchy, claiming that, in contrast to the Bianchi, it consisted of avaricious and simoniac cardinals and bishops.