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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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(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
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(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]
si′mon•ist, n.
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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
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simony - traffic in ecclesiastical offices or prefermentssimony - traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
traffic - buying and selling; especially illicit trade
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[ˈsaɪmənɪ] Nsimonía f
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n (old Eccl) → Simonie f
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Simony Marta Bernardo Lugao [1], Bruno Volsi [2], Gustavo Vaz da Costa [2], Edson Luiz Diogo de Almeida [3] and Tiago Santos Telles [4] *
(6) The Second Part was printed in 1606 as The Retvrne from Pernassvs: or The Scourge of Simony; the two other plays remained unprinted until W.D.
The entire Papal Foundation was his baby, and it turned out to be a rotten child, granting the uber-rich access to the pope and his entourage in exchange for pledges of a million dollars, a kind of inculturated simony.
Family PORTRAITEVA Rose Simony (Miley), Imogen Hunter (Mum) and David Middleton (Grandad)
5 Dattilo, M.; Furlanetto, P.; Huroda, A.P.; Nicastro, H.; Falcao, P.C.; Coimbra, C.; Simony, R.F.
Bradley Franco draws attention to fourteenth-century legislation which reveals eager bishops pledging to excommunicate any one practising simony, including clerics, while similar laws tried to regulate clerical behaviour and ameliorate public perception.
There is a whole chain of negative behaviours related to avarice that people resort to in hoarding money: theft, robbery, simony, trickery, manipulation, vanity, malice, envy, mercilessness etc.
Abu Dhabi: Out on a boat trip, Abu Dhabi resident Simony Sinclair was horrified to see the piles of rubbish floating in the blue seawater.
Further, the latter are exposed to the temptation of simony, because being a pastor of an African Pentecostal church in Africa today can make one extremely rich in little time.
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Simony et al., "Measuring speaker-listener neural coupling with functional near infrared spectroscopy," Scientific Reports, vol.