Simony

[s_ˈɪ_m_ə_n_ɪ], [sˈɪmənɪ], [sˈɪmənɪ]

Definitions of simony:

  1.   The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment; the corrupt presentation of any one to an ecclesiastical benefice for money or reward.
  2.   The crime of buying or selling church preferment.
  3.   The act or crime of buying or selling church offices; traffic in sacred things.
  4.   The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment, so named from Simon Magus who thought to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit with money, Acts viii.
  5.   The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical offices.
  6.   traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
  7.   Crime of buying or selling church preferment.

Usage examples for simony:

  1. The first attacks made by the broadside literature were naturally directed against the simony and benefice- grabbing of the clergy, a characteristic of the priestly office that has always powerfully appealed to the popular mind. ” – German Culture Past and Present by Ernest Belfort Bax
  2. She assured her brother that the simony rapine, and dishonesty of Granvelle, Viglius, and all their followers, had brought affairs into the ruinous condition which was then but too apparent. ” – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. Every thing was become venal in the Romish tribunals; simony was openly practised; no favours, and even no justice, could be obtained without a bribe; the highest bidder was sure to have the preference, without regard either to the merits of the person or of the cause; and besides the usual perversions of right in the decision of controversies, the pope openly assumed an absolute and uncontrolled authority of setting aside, by the plenitude of his apostolic power, all particular rules, and all privileges of patrons, churches, and convents. ” – The History of England, Volume I by David Hume
  4. “ A number of other allegorical figures are next introduced, Conscience, Reason, Meed, Simony Falsehood, etc. ” – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  5. “ " The Archdeacon," I said, " is going to put Lalage and Hilda into prison for simony – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  6. Simony is not unknown amongst the ministers of Christ, even in the ranks of Non- conformity. ” – The Making of an Apostle by R. J. Campbell
  7. “ Hilda, with a very fair imitation of the Archdeacon's manner, repeated his words: " 'Young lady, are you aware that this is the sin of simony – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  8. “ " It was," I said, " but it doesn't seem to me, so far, to amount to actual simony – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  9. Besides his regular income, moreover, he had handsome receipts from that simony which was reduced to a system, and which gave him a liberal profit, generally in the shape of an annuity, upon every benefice which he conferred. ” – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  10. We are told that he gained his election by simony – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  11. He was declared guilty of simony in that he had taken part in the sale of indulgences, and he was also declared to be a heretic and a harbourer of heretics, and as such he was condemned to be burned alive before the hoardings of the Town Hall. ” – The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere by Charles de Coster
  12. Even the pious Edward had offended, by withholding the old levy of Peter Pence; and simony a crime peculiarly reprobated by the pontiff, was notorious in England. ” – Harold, Book 10. The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  13. He was on top of us with his old simony before I opened my mouth." ” – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  14. He succeeded a bad man who had been expelled from his see for glaring simony and it was felt, not without justice, that the cause of religion and the honour of the Episcopate would gain more by the elevation of a man of the high repute in which Bull was universally held, than it would lose by the growing infirmities of his old age. ” – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  15. In '84 his brother of York had been mixed up in a shocking scandal; in '85 the Bishop of Lichfield was accused of simony Bishop Aylmer was continually under suspicion of avarice, dishonesty, vanity and swearing; and the Bench as a whole was universally reprobated as covetous, stingy and weak. ” – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  16. They feared that their books would be read, and their frauds, injustice, simony and rapine discovered. ” – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1563-64 by John Lothrop Motley
  17. This simony is in practice to the present day. ” – Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac
  18. Beneath my head the others are dragged down Who have preceded me in simony Flattened along the fissure of the rock. ” – Divine-Comedy-Longfellow-s-Translation-Complete by Dante Alighieri

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