Pronunciation: (ben'u-fis), [key]
—n., v., -ficed, -fic•ing.
1. a position or post granted to an ecclesiastic that guarantees a fixed amount of property or income.
2. the revenue itself.
3. the equivalent of a fief in the early Middle Ages.
to invest with a benefice or ecclesiastical living.
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