Definition Of abbacy

the office or period of office of an abbot or abbess.

Nobles occupied all bishoprics and all the choicest abbacies and canonries.

Example Of abbacy

  • During his abbacy , he kept the Buckfast community abreast of changes in the outside world.

  • he made several notable improvements during his short abbacy

  • Nobles occupied all bishoprics and all the choicest abbacies and canonries.

  • Some of its clergy married, and abbacies could be held by secular men.

  • the abbacy of Ely was vacant


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