Definition of Simony

1. Noun. Traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments.

Exact synonyms: Barratry
Generic synonyms: Traffic



Definition of Simony

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

Definition of Simony

1. Noun. The act of buying and selling ecclesiastical offices and pardons. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Simony

1. the buying or selling of a church office [n -NIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Simony

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simony (current term)
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Literary usage of Simony

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1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"simony: A term defined by Thomas Aquinas as " the deliberate will to buy and sell spiritual things [privileges and rights] and their appurtenances. ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1867)
"6. it is for avoiding of simony enacted, that if any patron for any corrupt ... But if the presentee dies, without being convicted of such simony in his ..."

3. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1883)
"But it may be a good thing to inquire what simony is, and to examine the ... We must see what simony is in its nature; what constitutes it an offence at law ..."

4. The Law-dictionary, Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the ...by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger (1835)
"Before this statute, it was doubted whether it was simony for a clerk to purchase the next turn in a living for himself. Upon these statutes many questions ..."

5. The History of the Popes, from the Close of the Middle Ages: Drawn from the by Ludwig Pastor, Ralph Francis Kerr, Frederick Ignatius Antrobus (1908)
"Probably the chief agent of this business was the future Cardinal Armellini.f Though the term of simony has been applied to this case, it is not quite borne ..."

6. The History of the Popes: From the Close of the Middle Ages. Drawn from the by Ludwig Pastor (1908)
"Probably the chief agent of this business was the future Cardinal Armellini.f Though the term of simony has been applied to this case, it is not quite borne ..."

7. The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy by William Paley (1835)
"OATH AGAINST simony. FROM an imaginary resemblance between the purchase of a •benefice, and Simon Magus' attempt to purchase the gift of the Holy Ghost, ..."

8. Commentaries on the Law in Shakespeare by Edward Joseph White (1911)
"simony.— "Grif. . . . He was a man Of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking Himself with princes: one, that by suggestion Ty'd all the kingdom: simony was fair ..."

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