verb (used with object), ben·e·ficed, ben·e·fic·ing.
Origin of benefice
Examples from the Web for benefice
The cardinal wanted a benefice for one of his followers, and the Pope wished to get his son's enemy once more into his power.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3|John Addington Symonds
Item, That nane should enjoy office or benefice ecclesiasticall, except a Preast.The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)|John Knox
Mr. Fowle had lived at Elkstone near Cheltenham, and continued to hold that benefice, which was in the gift of the Craven family.Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters|William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
It seems to be holding its own only within the sphere of ecclesiastical rights, where the benefice will survive until our own day.Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland
The benefice is a perpetual curacy certified at £10, and now valued at £87.A Comprehensive History of Norwich|A. D. Bayne
British Dictionary definitions for benefice
Word Origin for benefice
Word Origin and History 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).