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noun (simon, ies)
  1. The act of buying and selling ecclesiastical offices and pardons.
  • 1989: "There are those two," he then said, "who were recently arraigned on a charge of high . Fancying a monstrance and stealing it and proposing to sell it. They pleaded the usual pagan ignorance." " Anthony Burgess, "Hun", The Devil"s Mode
Etymology: From Old French simonie, from late Latin simonia, named from w:Simon Magus, Simon Magus, with reference to Acts VIII: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).


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