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[sahy-ni-kyoo r, sin-i-] /ˈsaɪ nɪˌkyʊər, ˈsɪn ɪ-/
an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.
an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls.
Origin of sinecure
1655-65; < Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without care; see cure
Related forms
sinecureship, noun
sinecurism, noun
sinecurist, noun
Can be confused
cynosure, sinecure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sinecure
  • He wrote scholarly papers, jousted in the departmental lists, aspired to the sinecure of tenure.
  • Many of the comments put forward interesting ideas about how to provide security without creating a sinecure.
  • The message boards erupted in panic, some of it from veteran players who didn't want to lose their sinecure.
  • Being bumped out of such a sinecure is cruel punishment.
  • As several thousand pounds arc seized each week, it is to be presumed that their office is not a sinecure.
  • Success would qualify her for a lifetime sinecure teaching at a lycée, and liberate her from her family.
  • It may be that he shall have a sinecure for life if the students choose to vote their disapproval with their feet.
  • There is no magic relief number that is a sinecure for a solution.
  • Even when they're in raving bounty, as they are this year, gathering beach plums is no sinecure.
  • The something appeared vaguely to his imagination as a private secretaryship or a sinecure of some sort.
British Dictionary definitions for sinecure


a paid office or post involving minimal duties
a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached
Derived Forms
sinecurism, noun
sinecurist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin phrase (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without cure (of souls), from Latin sine without + cūra cure, care
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Word Origin and History for sinecure

1660s, "church benefice with an emolument but without parish duties," from Medieval Latin beneficium sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from Latin sine "without" (see sans) + cura, ablative singular of cura "care" (see cure (n.1)).

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