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- The buying or selling of spiritual or sacred things, such as ecclesiastical offices, pardons, or consecrated objects.
- 1989, Anthony Burgess, ‘Hun’, The Devil’s Mode:
- ‘There are those two,’ he then said, ‘who were recently arraigned on a charge of high simony. Fancying a monstrance and stealing it and proposing to sell it. They pleaded the usual pagan ignorance.’
- 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 37:
- He openly practiced simony; in other words, he sold benefices.
act of buying or selling spiritual things
- ^ The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], 1611, OCLC 964384981, Acts 8:18–20:
- And when Simon saw that through laying on of the Apostles hands, the holy Ghost was giuen, hee offered them money, Saying, Giue me also this power, that on whomsoeuer I lay handes, hee may receiue the holy Ghost. But Peter said vnto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.