[ ben-uh-fis ]
/ ˈbɛn ə fɪs /


a position or post granted to an ecclesiastic that guarantees a fixed amount of property or income.
the revenue itself.
the equivalent of a fief in the early Middle Ages.

verb (used with object), ben·e·ficed, ben·e·fic·ing.

to invest with a benefice or ecclesiastical living.


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Origin of benefice

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


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British Dictionary definitions for benefice

/ (ˈbɛnɪfɪs) /


Christianity an endowed Church office yielding an income to its holder; a Church living
the property or revenue attached to such an office
(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 supportSee also vassalage


(tr) to provide with a benefice

Word Origin for benefice

C14: from Old French, from Latin beneficium benefit, from beneficus, from bene well + facere to do
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