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Meaning of BENEFICE

Pronunciation:  'benufis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an endowed church office giving income to its holder
  2. [v]  endow with a benefice

BENEFICE is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: ecclesiastical benefice
 See Also: church property, dower, endow, sinecure, spirituality, spiritualty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ben"e*fice\, n. [F. b['e]n['e]fice, L. beneficium, a
    kindness, in LL. a grant of an estate, fr. L. beneficus
    beneficent; bene well + facere to do. See {Benefit}.]
    1. A favor or benefit. [Obs.] --Baxter.
    2. (Feudal Law) An estate in lands; a fief.
    Note: Such an estate was granted at first for life only, and
          held on the mere good pleasure of the donor; but
          afterward, becoming hereditary, it received the
          appellation of fief, and the term benefice became
          appropriated to church livings.
    3. An ecclesiastical living and church preferment, as in the
       Church of England; a church endowed with a revenue for the
       maintenance of divine service. See {Advowson}.
    Note: All church preferments are called benefices, except
          bishoprics, which are called dignities. But,
          ordinarily, the term dignity is applied to bishoprics,
          deaneries, archdeaconries, and prebendaryships;
          benefice to parsonages, vicarages, and donatives.
  2. \Ben"e*fice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beneficed}.]
    To endow with a benefice.
    Note: [Commonly in the past participle.]