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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).]
(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]
si•mo•ny(ˈsaɪ mə ni, ˈsɪm ə-)
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]
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