benefice definition

  • noun:
    • Ecclesiastical A church company endowed with fixed money possessions offering a full time income.
    • Ecclesiastical The income from these types of assets.
    • A landed property awarded in feudal tenure.
    • Land issued to a priest in a church which has a source of earnings mounted on it.
    • A favor or advantage.
    • An estate in places; a fief.
    • An ecclesiastical lifestyle and chapel preferment, like in the Church of England; a church endowed with a revenue the maintenance of divine service. See Advowson.
    • In feudal law, originally, a fee or an estate in lands awarded forever just, and held ex mero beneficio (regarding the simple great enjoyment) of donor.
    • An ecclesiastical lifestyle; a church company endowed with a revenue for its correct fulfilment; the income itself.
    • Benefit.
    • an endowed chapel company giving income to its owner
  • verb:
    • To bestow a benefice upon
    • endow with a benefice
  • verb-transitive:
    • To endow with a benefice.
  • others:
    • To endow or invest with a benefice.

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