I heard a friend saying "benefict". I am not a native English speaker, but I know the correct word is "benefit". Am I wrong? He could have used "gain". I have searched in dictionaries and apparently I have found "benefict" in one.

  • You might want to Google benefice (a church appointment) as yet another spelling of the word. It is, as far as I know, the only use of this version. See also the Wikipedia article Jan 14 at 12:30

Benefict is an obsolete (and I think very rare) spelling if benefit. The OED lists it as a spelling from the 1600s, but gives no examples of it.

I have never heard anybody say it.

The person you heard is either mistaken, or deliberately using an almost unrecorded obsolete form of the word.

And you're right that in many contexts benefit means the same as gain, but they are not always interchangeable.

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    Now I think about it, I doubt that anybody ever pronounced it "-fict". That spelling was a scholarly one that happened to a number of words around then. In that one it didn't stick. In debt the 'b' did stick, but has never been pronounced. In perfect the 'c' not only stuck, but eventually came to be pronounced as well.
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 14 at 13:39

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