- 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.
- to invest with a benefice or ecclesiastical living.
Origin of benefice
- 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
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).