Benedictional to Bent

(Ben`e*dic"tion*al) n. A book of benedictions.

(Ben`e*dic"tion*a*ry) n. A collected series of benedictions.

The benedictionary of Bishop Athelwold.
G. Gurton's Needle.

(Ben`e*dic"tive) a. Tending to bless. Gauden.

(Ben`e*dic"to*ry) a. Expressing wishes for good; as, a benedictory prayer. Thackeray.

(||Ben`e*dic"tus) n. [L., blessed. See Benedict, a.] The song of Zacharias at the birth of John the Baptist (Luke i. 68); — so named from the first word of the Latin version.

(Ben"e*dight) a. Blessed. [R.] Longfellow.

(Ben`e*fac"tion) n. [L. benefactio, fr. benefacere to do good to one; bene well + facere to do. See Benefit.]

1. The act of conferring a benefit. Johnson.

2. A benefit conferred; esp. a charitable donation.

Syn. — Gift; present; gratuity; boon; alms.

(Ben`e*fac"tor) n. [L.] One who confers a benefit or benefits. Bacon.

(Ben`e*fac"tress), n. A woman who confers a benefit.

His benefactress blushes at the deed.

(Be*nef"ic) a. [L. beneficus. See Benefice.] Favorable; beneficent. Milton.

(Ben"e*fice) n. [F. bénéfice, L. beneficium, a kindness , in LL. a grant of an estate, fr. L. beneficus beneficent; bene well + facere to do. See Benefit.]

1. A favor or benefit. [Obs.] Baxter.

2. (Feudal Law) An estate in lands; a fief.

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.

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.

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.

(Ben"e*fice), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beneficed.] To endow with a benefice. [Commonly in the past participle.]

(Ben"e*ficed) a. Possessed of a benefice or church preferment. "Beneficed clergymen." Burke.

(Ben"e*fice*less) a. Having no benefice. "Beneficeless precisians." Sheldon.

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