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.
Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
Erasmus and the Age of Reformation Johan Huizinga
The Sonnets, Triumphs, and Other Poems of Petrarch Petrarch
Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade
Sir Christopher Wren Lucy Phillimore
The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little
A Source Book for Mediaeval History Oliver J. Thatcher
One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories Various
The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
(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 support See also vassalage
(transitive) to provide with a benefice
the doing of good; active goodness or kindness; charity. a beneficent act or gift; benefaction. Contemporary Examples Bergdahl’s Dad: Drone Killed Captor’s Kid Michael Ames June 5, 2014 Historical Examples Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett Diderot and the Encyclopdists John Morley Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2) John Morley The Arabian Nights Unknown Homes […]
doing good or causing good to be done; conferring benefits; kindly in action or purpose. Contemporary Examples The Best – And Worst – Post-Civil War Presidential Speeches on Race David Frum January 24, 2013 Thelonious Monk Is Back Stanley Crouch November 23, 2009 Historical Examples Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States […]
conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine. Law. helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association. involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds: a beneficial owner. Contemporary Examples Unite, Don’t Divide, The Palestinians Brent E. Sasley November 19, 2012 The Enlightenment Diet Bruce Feiler September 26, 2009 22 Chocolate Desserts That Kill The […]
conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine. Law. helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association. involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds: a beneficial owner. adjective (sometimes foll by to) causing a good result; advantageous (law) entitling a person to receive the profits or proceeds of property: a beneficial interest in land […]