si·mo·ny (sīmə-nē, sĭmə-)
The buying or selling of ecclesiastical offices or of indulgences or other spiritual things.
[Middle English simonie, from Old French, from Late Latin simōnia, after Simon Magus, a sorcerer who tried to buy spiritual powers from the Apostle Peter (Acts 8:9-24).]
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