Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office, term, or jurisdiction of an abbot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dignity, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office of an abbot; an abbot's dignity, rights, privileges, and jurisdiction.
  • n. An abbatial establishment; an abbey with all that pertains to it.
  • n. Also called abbotcy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the jurisdiction or office of an abbot

Etymologies

Middle English abbatie, from Late Latin abbātia, from abbās, abbāt-, abbot; see abbot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English abbatie, from Late Latin abbatia, from abbas, abbatis ("abbot"). See abbey. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An event of his abbacy was the interment in Croyland church of the Saxon Earl Walthe of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • During the abbacy of Geoffrey (1037-1052) Mary was recognized as the patron of that church in a papal bull dated April 27, 1050, by Pope Leo IX.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • A large part of the present building was constructed during the abbacy of William Parker, last Abbot of Gloucester, around the year 1520.

    Prinknash Abbey

  • They'll-get-you-coming-and-going, from his Grove entry: Apart from [his appointment as Abbot of] Löpsingen, he had three sources of income — a stipend from the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide in Rome, the abbacy of San Stefano in Carrara, near Padua, and a provostship in the Rhenish town of Seltz.

    Was (Not Was)

  • Short though his abbacy was, he brought great prestige to the foundation as it became a burial place for several kings. posted by John at 8: 36 PM

    Ss Petri & Pauli

  • Bride, do you, father Jerome, the abbot of said house, to know, that finding you were disposed to treat me as a prisoner and a spy, in the sanctuary to which you had received me as a distressed person, I have resolved to use my natural liberty, with which you have no right to interfere, and therefore have withdrawn myself from your abbacy.

    Castle Dangerous

  • Paschal, in response to this criticism and schismatis et discordiae metuens, recanted his decision to allow Bruno to be both abbot and bishop at once and compelled him to return to Segni. 15 If Bruno had seen the abbacy of Monte Cassino as placing him closer to the papacy, this certainly put an end to that ambition.

    Hamilton: "A Liturgy of Reform"

  • The novices, after comparing notes, agreed that if looks could have killed, they would have had a sudden death in their midst, and the victim would not have been the new abbot, but the old, who by so ingenuously acknowledging his future subordination to Robert as prior had led him to believe in his expected promotion to the abbacy, only to shatter the illusion next moment.

    Monk's Hood

  • How dared such a thing happen in his cure, in his newly acquired abbacy and through the instrument of his gift?

    Monk's Hood

  • Therefore I now regard my abbacy as suspended, until or unless the legatine council confirms me in office.

    Monk's Hood

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