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Related to benefice: repined, profaners


1. Ecclesiastical
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.]

ben′e·fice v.


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]


(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.
4. to invest with a benefice.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin beneficium service, kindness; see benefic, -ium 1]


Past participle: beneficed
Gerund: beneficing

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Present Continuous
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Past Perfect
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benefice - an endowed church office giving income to its holder
church property, spirituality, spiritualty - property or income owned by a church
sinecure - a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached
Verb1.benefice - endow with a benefice
dower, endow - furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got dowered"


[ˈbenɪfɪs] Nbeneficio m


nPfründe f, → kirchliches Benefizium (spec)


[ˈbɛnɪfɪs] n (Rel) → beneficio ecclesiastico
References in classic literature ?
Every reader must recollect, that after the fall of the Catholic Church, and the Presbyterian Church Government had been established by law, the rank, and especially the wealth, of the Bishops, Abbots, Priors, and so forth, were no longer vested in ecclesiastics, but in lay impropriators of the church revenues, or, as the Scottish lawyers called them, titulars of the temporalities of the benefice, though having no claim to the spiritual character of their predecessors in office.
* of a benefice to some powerful patron, is easily understood.
Bishops, being a sort of imaginary prelate, whose image was set up to enable his patron and principal to plunder the benefice under his name.
The said Earl thinking himself greater than any king in those quarters, determined to have that whole benefice (as he hath divers others) to pay at his pleasure ; and because he could not find sic security as his insatiable appetite required, this shift was devised.
There were other cases, however, in which men who had got grants of these secularised benefices, were desirous of retaining them for their own use, without having the influence sufficient to establish their purpose ; and these became frequently unable to protect themselves, however unwilling to submit to the exactions of the feudal tyrant of the district.
"They commonly give them," said the curate, some simple benefice or cure, or some place as sacristan which brings them a good fixed income, not counting the altar fees, which may be reckoned at as much more."
I make about twelve thousand francs a year, without counting a little benefice of a thousand crowns the prince gave me."
Les etats financiers intermediaires du 1 er semestre 2019 du concessionnaire automobile tunisien Artes, font apparaitre des capitaux propres positifs de 126,.213 DT y compris le benefice de la periode s'elevant a 11,189.MDT.
En partenariat avec l'Union europeenne, La Fondation Magic system initie des projets de developpement au benefice des populations, afin d'accompagner le gouvernement dans sa politique d'emergence.
Reverend Deacon Ann Broxham (Parish Deacon for the United Benefice of St Barnabas, Crosland Moor and Christ Church, Linthwaite)
La societe a enregistre un benefice net record de 7,7 millions de dinars en 2013, principalement tire par de solides revenus de placement, avec des performances techniques demeurant modestes, generant un ratio combine de 98%.
THE people of All Saints' Church, Cyncoed, joined with the three other benefice churches to hold a coffee morning in aid of those affected by the floods on the Somerset Levels and in Wales.