simony

noun
si·​mo·​ny | \ ˈsī-mə-nē How to pronounce simony (audio) , ˈsi- How to pronounce simony (audio) \

Definition of simony

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

First Known Use of simony

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Simony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simony. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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