Benefice



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.
Historical Examples

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

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 support See also vassalage
verb
(transitive) to provide with a benefice
n.

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