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English Dictionary: benefice by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an endowed church office giving income to its holder [syn: benefice, ecclesiastical benefice]
  1. endow with a benefice
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Benefice \Ben"e*fice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beneficed}.]
      To endow with a benefice.
      Note: [Commonly in the past participle.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Benefice \Ben"e*fice\, n. [F. b[82]n[82]fice, L. beneficium, a
      kindness, in LL. a grant of an estate, fr. L. beneficus
      beneficent; bene well + facere to do. See {Benefit}.]
      1. A favor or benefit. [Obs.] --Baxter.
      2. (Feudal Law) An estate in lands; a fief.
      Note: Such an estate was granted at first for life only, and
               held on the mere good pleasure of the donor; but
               afterward, becoming hereditary, it received the
               appellation of fief, and the term benefice became
               appropriated to church livings.
      3. An ecclesiastical living and church preferment, as in the
            Church of England; a church endowed with a revenue for the
            maintenance of divine service. See {Advowson}.
      Note: All church preferments are called benefices, except
               bishoprics, which are called dignities. But,
               ordinarily, the term dignity is applied to bishoprics,
               deaneries, archdeaconries, and prebendaryships;
               benefice to parsonages, vicarages, and donatives.
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