Definitions of benefice

  1. endow with a benefice Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an endowed church office giving income to its holder Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A favor or benefit. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An estate in lands; a fief. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To endow with a benefice. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Originally, an estate in lands granted for life only, and held at the pleasure of the donor; a church living in the Church of England. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. An ecclesiastical living. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A church-living. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Possessed of a church-living. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. In ecclesiastical law. In its technical sense, this term includes ecclesiastical preferments to which rank or public office is attached, otherwise described as ecclesiastical dignities or offices, such as bishoprics, deaneries, and the like; but in popular acceptation, it is almost invariably appropriated to rectories, vicarages, perpetual curacies, district churches, and endowed ehapelries. 3 Steph. Comm. 77. "Benefice" is a term derived from the feudal law, in which it signified a permanent stipendiary estate, or an estate held by feu dal tenure. 3 Steph. Comm. 77, note, i; 4 Bl. Comm. 107. thelawdictionary.org
  12. Eccles. law. In its most extended sense, any ecclesiastical preferment or dignity; but in its more limited sense, it is applied only to rectories and vicarages. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  13. ben'e-fis, n. any kind of church promotion or dignity, esp. with cure of souls, such as rectories, vicarages, and other parochial cures, as distinguished from bishoprics, deaneries, cathedral preferments, &c.: an ecclesiastical living.--adj. BEN'EFICED, possessed of a benefice. [Through Fr. from L. beneficium.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Church living. Hence beneficed a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. popularly a living, is, according to Coke, "a large word," = "any ecclesiastical promotion whatsoever." See Beneficium. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  16. n. Literally, a benefit, advantage, or kindness;—an ecclesiastical living. Cabinet Dictionary
  17. Advantage conferred on another. This word is generally used for all ecclesiastical livings. Complete Dictionary