Dictionary.com

benefice

[ ben-uh-fis ]
/ ˈbɛn ə fɪs /
Save This Word!

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·e·ficed, ben·e·fic·ing.

to invest with a benefice or ecclesiastical living.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!

In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Origin of benefice

1300–50; Middle English <Middle French <Latin beneficium service, kindness (benefic(us) benefic + -ium-ium)
non·ben·e·ficed, adjectiveun·ben·e·ficed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for benefice

benefice
/ (ˈbɛnɪfɪs) /

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
C14: from Old French, from Latin beneficium benefit, from beneficus, from bene well + facere to do
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Learn A New Word Right Now!