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 (sī′mə-nē, sĭm′ə-)
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.
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Ramanand in vigoare faptul ca, de obicei, contextul dialogului simonist ne permite sa intelegem daca termenul "Europa" este inteles in sens empiric sau in sens simbolic, ca un ansamblu de idei, norme si teorii.
While Knowledge most directly condemns the sellers of sacraments, who betray the special power and responsibility entrusted to them by God, no one can sell unless someone is buying: this speech recognizes that a simonist cannot act in isolation and reserves some blame for those in Everyman's position who (unlike him, at this late stage in the play) might undertake such a purchase.
Simonist, pluralist, nepotist, and sensualist, Alexander was also a doting father who worked hard to divert church resources to the needs of nine grasping children and the project of a family-run state.
(29) Not only did these monks refuse the pope's command, but they also seem to have intensified their preaching activities, openly denouncing Mezzabarba both as a simonist and a heretic.