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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.

    Luther and the Reformation: The Life-Springs of Our Liberties

  • 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.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 4

  • 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.

    De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History » The First Crusade: A short narrative from contemporary sources

  • The ancients were much more severe and less simoniacal than we are notwithstanding that they imputed so many foolish actions to their gods.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • 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?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 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.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Let our simoniacal church-chopping patrons, and sacrilegious harpies, look for no better success.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 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.

    St. Bruno, priest

  • In the first place it would be simony; and then it would be simony beyond all description mean and simoniacal.

    Framley Parsonage


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