Other Word Forms of Simony
Origin of Simony
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)
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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French simonie, from Late Latin simonia, named from Simon Magus, with reference to Acts 8:18-20:
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