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benefice

[ ben-uh-fis ]
/ 藞b蓻n 蓹 f瑟s /
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noun
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路e路ficed, ben路e路fic路ing.
to invest with a benefice or ecclesiastical living.
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Origin of benefice

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

OTHER WORDS FROM benefice

non路ben路e路ficed, adjectiveun路ben路e路ficed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for benefice

benefice
/ (藞b蓻n瑟f瑟s) /

noun
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
verb
(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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