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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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14) An anecdote recorded by Rangerius, the late eleventh-century bishop of Lucca, demonstrates this practice in action when an anonymous monk gives teeth to a sermon against a simonist by downplaying his own rhetorical skill: "Non sum doctus homo," the monk says, "sed fretus simplicitate/Atque fide sana, si placet aspicere.
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.