Part of speech: noun

An ecclesiastical living.

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Usage examples "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", 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.", 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", Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant.