Origin of simonyMiddle English simonie ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin simonia, after Simon Magus
Origin of simonyMiddle English simonie, from Old French, from Late Latin sim&omacron;nia, after Simon, Magus, a sorcerer who tried to buy spiritual powers from the Apostle Peter (Acts 8:9–24).
From Old French simonie, from Late Latin simonia, named from Simon Magus, with reference to Acts 8:18-20:
And when Simon saw that through laying on of hands, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, saying 'Give me also this power that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost'. But Peter said unto him "˜Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. (KJV)