simony

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noun si·mo·ny \ˈsī-mə-nē, ˈsi-\

Definition of simony

  1. :  the buying or selling of a church office or ecclesiastical preferment

Origin and Etymology of simony

Middle English symonie, from Anglo-French simonie, from Late Latin simonia, from Simon Magus, Samaritan sorcerer in Acts 8: 9–24


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