benefice

[ben-uh-fis]
noun
1.
a position or post granted to an ecclesiastic that guarantees a fixed amount of property or income.
2.
the revenue itself.
3.
the equivalent of a fief in the early Middle Ages.
verb (used with object), beneficed, beneficing.
4.
to invest with a benefice or ecclesiastical living.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin beneficium service, kindness (benefic(us) benefic + -ium -ium)

nonbeneficed, adjective
unbeneficed, adjective
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benefice (ˈbɛnɪfɪs)
 
n
1.  Christianity an endowed Church office yielding an income to its holder; a Church living
2.  the property or revenue attached to such an office
3.  See also vassalage (in feudal society) a tenement (piece of land) held by a vassal from a landowner on easy terms or free, esp in return for military support
 
vb
4.  (tr) to provide with a benefice
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin beneficium benefit, from beneficus, from bene well + facere to do]

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benefice
mid-14c., "a church living," from Fr. benefice (13c.), from L. beneficium "generosity, kindness, benefit," from beneficus "generous, kind, benevolent, obliging," from bene- (q.v.) + -ficus, from stem of -ficere, unstressed form of facere "to do, to make" (see factitious).
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Example sentences for benefice
Each benefice had a number of spiritualities, or spiritual duties, attached to it.
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