Benefice
Benefice Ben"e*fice, n. [F. b['e]n['e]fice, L. beneficium, a kindness, in LL. a grant of an estate, fr. L. beneficus beneficent; bene well + facere to do. See {Benefit}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A favor or benefit. [Obs.] --Baxter. [1913 Webster]

2. (Feudal Law) An estate in lands; a fief. [1913 Webster]

Note: Such an estate was granted at first for life only, and held on the mere good pleasure of the donor; but afterward, becoming hereditary, it received the appellation of fief, and the term benefice became appropriated to church livings. [1913 Webster]

3. 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}. [1913 Webster]

Note: All church preferments are called benefices, except bishoprics, which are called dignities. But, ordinarily, the term dignity is applied to bishoprics, deaneries, archdeaconries, and prebendaryships; benefice to parsonages, vicarages, and donatives. [1913 Webster]


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  • bénéfice — BÉNÉFICE. s. m. Privilége accordé par le Prince ou par les Eois. C est un droit dont il jouit par bénéfice du Prince. Être héritier par bénéfice d inventaire. Être reçu par bénéfice de cession. f♛/b] On appelle Lettres de bénéfice d âge, Des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • benefice — Benefice, Beneficium. Recevoir un benefice ou bien fait, Accipere beneficium, Habere beneficium ab aliquo. Intrus en un benefice, Grassatus in possessionem beneficij. Benefices tombez en deport, Sacerdotia quae in causam caduci cesserunt.… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Benefice — Ben e*fice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beneficed}.] To endow with a benefice. Note: [Commonly in the past participle.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Bénéfice — (fr., spr. Benefis), 1) so v.w. Beneficium; bes. 2) (Beneficevorstellung), Vorstellung, deren Ertrag, nach Abzug der Kosten, einem Schauspieler od. einer Schauspielerin (beide Beneficianten) zu Gute kommt. Garantirtes B., wenn die Direction eine… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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