Noun Abbacy Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abbacy

Pronunciation:

/ˈabəsi/

Definition:
1.

noun

The office or period of office of an abbot or abbess.
  1. 'he made several notable improvements during his short abbacy'
  2. 'Nobles occupied all bishoprics and all the choicest abbacies and canonries.'
  3. 'Some of its clergy married, and abbacies could be held by secular men.'
  4. 'Under the abbacy of St Ailred, it flourished, becoming the largest Cistercian community in England.'
((n.) The dignity, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot.)


noun, plural abbacies.

1. the rank, rights, privileges, or jurisdiction of an abbot.

2. the term of office of an abbot.


Examples:

"places can have abbacies."
"people can have abbacies."

Origin:
Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin abbacia, from abbas, abbat- (see abbot).

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