Definition of abbacy in English:

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abbacy

Pronunciation: /ˈabəsē/

noun (plural abbacies)

The office or period of office of an abbot or abbess.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: ab·ba·cy

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