- n. Plural form of simoniac.
“This is a hideous story, like Dante's depiction of the "simoniacs," priests who took bribes in return for dispensations in the Church.”
“In the old days, apparently, the way they dealt with simoniacs was to sew them up in a sack with wild animals and chuck them into the Tiber River.”
“You saw, too, that, were it not for a similar divergence of _the mind_, those who give money for benefices might be downright simoniacs.”
“(Etym. viii, 5): and so for this reason simoniacs are reckoned with other heretics, as appears from Augustine's book on heretics.”
“Gennadius of Constantinople against simoniacs; Marcian, who signed in”
“Yet, since you cannot do away with the name of simony, and there must be some matter to which the name attaches, you have devised for that purpose an imaginary idea, which never enters the minds of simoniacs at all, and indeed would be quite useless to them.”
“He braved the judges on the judgment-seat, calling them simoniacs and persons of impure life, and said he would rather be hanged by the neck like a dog without trial, than plead either guilty or not guilty before such contemptible miscreants.”
“+ (2) all who have been guilty of great crimes (crimina majora), viz, the sacrilegious, forgers, perjurers, sodomites, and simoniacs;”
“Ah! imposters, brigands, simoniacs, heretics, and demons! the vermin of the schools! the dregs of Hell!”
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