from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who engages in simony, the purchase of church offices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who practices simony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises or defends simony.
  • n. Same as Simonian.


simony +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)


  • In 1069 the Pope had rejected as a simonist the subdeacon Godfrey, whom Henry had appointed Archbishop of Milan -- Henry failing to acquiesce, the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Nogaret appealed to Philip to protect the Holy Church against the intruder and false pope, Boniface, a simonist, robber, and heretic, maintaining that the king, moreover, ought to call an assembly of the prelates and peers of France, through whose efforts a general council might be convoked, before which he would prove his charges.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • Strictly speaking, any male Christian who has reached the use of reason can be chosen -- not, however, a heretic, a schismatic, or a notorious simonist.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The frantic denouncer of simony had himself become a simonist; the indignant opponent of Antoninus had become his secret accomplice; the accuser of misprision had accepted an enormous bribe as the guerdon of misprision.

    Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • a council of German bishops at Worms, "who denounced the Pope as a usurper, a simonist, a murderer, a worshipper of the Devil, and pronounced upon him the empty sentence of a deposition."

    Beacon Lights of History

  • As the apostle denounced this first simonist, so the Church has continued ever since to denounce those who propose to purchase its sacred powers, -- "Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money" (Acts viii.

    An Introduction to the History of Western Europe

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