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abbacy

[ab-uh-see] /ˈæb ə si/
noun, plural abbacies.
1.
the rank, rights, privileges, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
2.
the term of office of an abbot.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English abbacie, abbat(h)ie < Late Latin abbātia (cf. abbey), equivalent to abbāt- (see abbot) + -ia -ia
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abbacy

/ˈæbəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess
Word Origin
C15: from Church Latin abbātia, from abbāt-abbot
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