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Line breaks: ab¦bacy
Pronunciation: /ˈabəsi

Definition of abbacy in English:

noun (plural abbacies)

The office or period of office of an abbot or abbess: the abbacy of Ely was vacant he made several notable improvements during his short abbacy
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  • Nobles occupied all bishoprics and all the choicest abbacies and canonries.
  • The distribution and control of offices, such as countships, abbacies, and bishoprics, became the main foci of the political rivalries.
  • Some of its clergy married, and abbacies could be held by secular men.


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

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