What does the word benefice mean?

Usage examples for benefice

  1. This would have enabled him to enjoy some ecclesiastical benefice, but it would also have handed him over firmly bound to the service of the Pope. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  2. When he took possession of a benefice, he paid the pope a special assessment, called the " annate," amounting to a year's income- which of course came from the peasants living on the land. – A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes
  3. Tom Burrows's repentant face recalled Mr Wentworth's mind to the fact that a great work was doing in Wharfside, which, after all, was more worth thinking of than any tantalising vision of an impossible benefice. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant