Definition of simoniac in English:


Pronunciation /sʌɪˈməʊnɪak//sɪˈməʊnɪak/

noun & adjective

  • See simony

    • ‘Archbishop Laud and his allies, by deciding such arrangements in the Church were simoniac, needlessly disturbed the retirement of elderly clergymen.’
    • ‘Dante sees there barrators, sowers of discord, counterfeiters, misusers of public funds, and simoniac popes.’
    • ‘His simoniac politics and scandalous behaviour was branded by Savonarola, a Dominican friar of Florence, who during his homilies called him ‘simoniac, heretic and unfaithful’.’
    • ‘The Comedy was put on the Index in 1614, with the injunction that certain passages be expurgated, including Inferno XIX, 48-117 (simoniac popes).’
    • ‘The validity of priestly ordinations administered by simoniac bishops proved a serious problem, because most theologians held that simony prostituted the sacrament of ordination.’