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ˈsaɪ mə ni, ˈsɪm ə-si·mo·ny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. simony, barratry(noun)

    traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments


  1. simony(Noun)

    The act of buying and selling ecclesiastical offices and pardons.

  2. Origin: From simonie, from simonia, named from Simon Magus, with reference to Acts 8:18-20:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simony(noun)

    the crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment; the corrupt presentation of any one to an ecclesiastical benefice for money or reward

  2. Origin: [F. simonie, LL. simonia, fr. Simon Magus, who wished to purchase the power of conferring the Holy Spirit. Acts viii.]


  1. Simony

    Simony is the act of paying for sacraments and consequently for holy offices or for positions in the hierarchy of a church, named after Simon Magus, who appears in the Acts of the Apostles 8:9-24. Simon Magus was said to have offered two disciples of Jesus, Peter and John, payment so that anyone on whom he would place his hands would receive the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the origin of the term simony; but it also extends to other forms of trafficking for money in "spiritual things". Simony was also one of the important issues during the Investiture Controversy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Simony

    sim′on-i, n. the crime of buying or selling presentation to a benefice, so named from Simon Magus, who thought to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit with money (Acts, viii.).—n. Simō′niac, one guilty of simony.—adjs. Simonī′acal, Simō′nious (obs.), pertaining to, guilty of, or involving simony.—adv. Simonī′acally.—n. Sī′monist, one who practises or defends simony.

Anagrams for simony »

  1. isonym

  2. myosin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of simony in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of simony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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