• WordNet 3.6
    • n abbacy the jurisdiction or office of an abbot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abbacy The dignity, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abbacy The office of an abbot; an abbot's dignity, rights, privileges, and jurisdiction.
    • n abbacy An abbatial establishment; an abbey with all that pertains to it.
    • n abbacy Also called abbotcy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abbacy ab′a-si the office or dignity of an abbot: the establishment under an abbot: an abbey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abbatia, fr. abbas, abbatis, abbot. See Abbey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The earlier form was abbatie—said by Dr Murray to have been originally a Scotch form.


In literature:

This sentence applied to no less than two archbishoprics and twelve bishoprics, besides innumerable abbacies.
"The Thirty Years War, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
To these two men (both of whom refused the abbacy of Waltham) Harold committed the charge of selecting the new brotherhood established there.
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Abbacy of St. Gall 24 10 50,000 Ditto.
"An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the" by William Carey
Falling into disgrace at court, he was banished to the abbacy of Bonport.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
This was during the abbacy of Symon (1167-83).
"Hertfordshire" by Herbert W Tompkins
This would be during the time that John Stokes was Abbot, between the two abbacies of John of Wheathampstead.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
Its church had been built during the abbacy of Robert, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury; and he died and was buried at Jumieges.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting
The church was completed and consecrated under the abbacy of Ralph de Lamley, in 1233.
"The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, Jan-Mar, 1890" by Various
The charters should be surrendered till the popular claimant of the abbacy should confirm them.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
The political relations, both of the people of the abbacy and of the Toggenburgers remained in an unsettled state.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger