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benefice

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noun ben·e·fice \ˈbe-nə-fəs\

Definition of benefice

  1. 1 :  an ecclesiastical office to which the revenue from an endowment is attached

  2. 2 :  a feudal estate in lands :  fief

benefice transitive verb


Origin of benefice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin beneficium, from Latin, favor, promotion, from beneficus


First Known Use: 14th century


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