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a. A church office endowed with fixed capital assets that provide a living.
b. The revenue from such assets.
2. A landed estate granted in feudal tenure.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin beneficium, benefit, from beneficus, benefic; see benefic.]
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity an endowed Church office yielding an income to its holder; a Church living
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the property or revenue attached to such an office
3. (Historical Terms) (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
(Ecclesiastical Terms) (tr) to provide with a benefice
[C14: from Old French, from Latin beneficium benefit, from beneficus, from bene well + facere to do]
ben•e•fice(ˈbɛn ə fɪs)
n., v. -ficed, -fic•ing. n.
1. a position or post granted to an ecclesiastic that guarantees a fixed amount of property or income.
2. the revenue itself.
3. the equivalent of a fief in the early Middle Ages.v.t.
4. to invest with a benefice.
Past participle: beneficed
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|Noun||1.||benefice - an endowed church office giving income to its holder|
sinecure - a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached
|Verb||1.||benefice - endow with a benefice|