Simony meaning

sīmə-nē, sĭmə-
The buying or selling of ecclesiastical offices or of indulgences or other spiritual things.
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The impious buying or selling of sacraments, church benefices, etc.
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Origin of simony

  • 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

  • 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)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French simonie, from Late Latin simonia, named from Simon Magus, with reference to Acts 8:18-20:

    From Wiktionary