Simon Magus

noun

Si·​mon Ma·​gus ˌsī-mən-ˈmā-gəs How to pronounce Simon Magus (audio)
: a Samaritan sorcerer converted by the apostle Philip and severely rebuked by Peter for offering money for the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Simon Magus was circa 1548

Dictionary Entries Near Simon Magus

Cite this Entry

“Simon Magus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Simon%20Magus. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on Simon Magus

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!