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- adj. simoniac
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to simony; guilty of simony; consisting of simony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Guilty of simony.
- Partaking of, involving, or consisting in simony: as, a simoniacal presentation.
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The selling of pardons was simply a lower kind of simoniacal bartering which pervaded the whole hierarchical establishment.
You, Sir, alone have placed several out of the reach of such a kind of simoniacal abuse; for to buy into the church, or to sell the church's land twice over, breathes a similar kind of spirit.
See to it that the affairs of Holy Church, especially, are maintained in their rights, and that simoniacal heresy2 in no way takes root among you.
The ancients were much more severe and less simoniacal than we are notwithstanding that they imputed so many foolish actions to their gods.
And what shall we except that have such multitudes of Achans, church robbers, simoniacal patrons, &c., how can they hope to flourish, that neglect divine duties, that live most part like Epicures?
I would all our simoniacal patrons, and such as detain tithes, would read those judicious tracts of Sir Henry Spelman, and Sir James Sempill, knights; those late elaborate and learned treatises of Dr. Tilslye, and Mr. Montague, which they have written of that subject.
Let our simoniacal church-chopping patrons, and sacrilegious harpies, look for no better success.
But I ought to have told you, that Mr. Williams, upon mature deliberation, declined the stipulated eighty pounds per annum from Mr. Adams, as he thought it would have a simoniacal appearance.
The persecution by the simoniacal archbishop of Rheims, Manasses, hastened his resolve to enter a life of solitude 1084.
In the first place it would be simony; and then it would be simony beyond all description mean and simoniacal.