He held, however, his professorship only eight years, when his career was suddenly cut short by preferment to a benefice.
And he has often commissioned his Almoner to find a benefice for me.
In fact, the Pope offered him some bishopric, knowing that he wanted only some benefice that should be a sinecure.
His prayers for a benefice are sometimes grave and sometimes comic, but never-failing.
He easily persuaded Margaret that in a day or two Gerard would be sure to hear, and come to his benefice.
Mr. Griffiths was speedily released and restored to his benefice.
Mr. Baxter retains the profits of my benefice, and has not paid me the money due Michaelmas last.
If he is a clergyman, he shall be deposed from his office and deprived of every benefice.
The cur of our town is dead; so I came to you to ask if by any means I could obtain the benefice.
Swift's benefice, in the diocese of Meath, two miles from Trim.
c.1300, "a church living," from Old French benefice (13c.) and directly from Latin beneficium "a favor, service, generosity, kindness, benefit," from beneficus "generous, kind, benevolent, obliging," from bene- (see bene-) + -ficus, from stem of -ficere, unstressed form of facere "to do, to make" (see factitious).