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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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  • Some unexpected difficulties had occurred in obtaining a curacy, with a title for orders.

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

    Clarimonde Thophile Gautier
  • He was ordained in 1826, and his first clerical duty was the curacy of St John's, Margate.

  • Ernest had been ordained to a curacy in one of the central parts of London.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Do you believe yourself fitted for a curacy in Finmark or a mission among the Laps?

    Ole Bull Sara C. Bull
  • Should he have had the courage to break away even from his present curacy?

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • It's the poor old gentleman's account of his calamity; how he has lost his vicarage, and is going down to a curacy in Cornwall.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • He had left his curacy, and was at present without employment.

    Miss Mackenzie Anthony Trollope
  • Even that was worth double the Cornish curacy, and there was, moreover, a house attached to it.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
  • I think,—I think that, irrespective of the curacy, it ought to be told.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for curacy


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