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