verb (used with object), ben·e·ficed, ben·e·fic·ing.
Origin of benefice
Related Words for beneficedistrict, bishopric, jurisdiction, see, benefice, prelacy, episcopate, parsonage, vicarage, manse, presbytery
Examples from the Web for benefice
Historical Examples of benefice
And he has often commissioned his Almoner to find a benefice for me.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
They could not have told on which benefice to reside, for they held many.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
His prayers for a benefice are sometimes grave and sometimes comic, but never-failing.Royal Edinburgh
Mr. Griffiths was speedily released and restored to his benefice.Sir Christopher Wren
If he is a clergyman, he shall be deposed from his office and deprived of every benefice.A Source Book for Mediaeval History
Oliver J. Thatcher
Word Origin for benefice
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).