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.
(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
- Benefit society
an association of persons to create a fund, either by dues or assessments, for the assistance of members and their families in case of sickness, death, etc. Contemporary Examples The Girl Who Wrote About Drugs: Cat Marnell on Vice, Addiction & More Caitlin Dickson July 11, 2012 Historical Examples A Description of Millenium Hall Sarah […]
- Benefit of clergy
the rites or sanctions of a church. formal marriage: living together withoutbenefit of clergy. the privilege claimed by church authorities to try and punish, by an ecclesiastical court, any member of the clergy accused of a serious crime. The privilege was abolished in the U.S. in 1790 and in England in 1827. noun (Christianity) sanction […]
- Benefit of the doubt
a favorable opinion or judgment adopted despite uncertainty.
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