Simon Magus


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

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The first known use of Simon Magus was circa 1548

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“Simon Magus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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