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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments;
[syn: simony, barratry]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Simony \Sim"o*ny\, n. [F. simonie, LL. simonia, fr. Simon Magus, who wished to purchase the power of conferring the Holy Spirit. Acts viii.] The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment; the corrupt presentation of any one to an ecclesiastical benefice for money or reward. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] Simoom
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

simony n 1: traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments [syn: simony, barratry]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SIMONY, eccl. law. The selling and buying of holy orders, or an ecclesiastical benefice. Bac. Ab. h.t.; 1 Harr. Dig. 556. By simony is also understood an unlawful agreement to receive a temporal reward for something holy or spiritual. Code, 1, 3, 31 Ayl. Parerg. 496.