- the rank, rights, privileges, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
- the term of office of an abbot.
Origin of abbacy
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Commendatar, Commendator, who enjoys the rents of an Abbacy or other Benefice.
He had a grant of the Abbacy of Holyrood in 1539, when only seven years of age.
He obtained the Abbacy of Crossraguell in Ayrshire, in the year 1549.
Falling into disgrace at court, he was banished to the abbacy of Bonport.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume X (of 20)
Turgeis himself is reported to have usurped the abbacy of Armagh.
- the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess
C15: from Church Latin abbātia, from abbāt- abbot
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