Definition of simony:
The first attacks made by the broadside literature were naturally directed against the simony and benefice- grabbing of the clergy, a characteristic of the priestly office that has always powerfully appealed to the popular mind.- "German Culture Past and Present", Ernest Belfort Bax.
- "The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian", John Dryden.
- "Lalage's Lovers 1911", George A. Birmingham.