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[kyoo r-uh-see] /ˈkyʊər ə si/
noun, plural curacies.
the office or position of a curate.
Origin of curacy
1675-85; cura(te) + -cy, modeled on pairs like primate, primacy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have come to tell you, sir, that I wish to resign my curacy.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • I came,' he continued, 'to tell you that you have been appointed to the curacy of C———.

    Clarimonde Thophile Gautier
  • "You'll be glad to get a curacy yourself in six months," they shouted in chorus.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Ernest had been ordained to a curacy in one of the central parts of London.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • As for Pryer himself, he had nothing but his curacy and a small allowance from his father.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Should he have had the courage to break away even from his present curacy?

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • He had left his curacy, and was at present without employment.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • I told her to be patient till I had a curacy, and was independent; but it seems she could not be.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I think,—I think that, irrespective of the curacy, it ought to be told.

    Dr. Wortle's School

    Anthony Trollope
  • Well; as far as the curacy is concerned, of course he can refuse his licence.

    Dr. Wortle's School

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for curacy


noun (pl) -cies
the office or position of curate
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