sinecure

[sahy-ni-kyoor, sin-i-]
noun
1.
an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.
2.
an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls.

Origin:
1655–65; < Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without care; see cure

sinecureship, noun
sinecurism, noun
sinecurist, noun

cynosure, sinecure.
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sinecure (ˈsaɪnɪˌkjʊə)
 
n
1.  a paid office or post involving minimal duties
2.  a Church benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral charge is attached
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin phrase (beneficium) sine cūrā (benefice) without cure (of souls), from Latin sine without + cūra cure, care]
 
'sinecurism
 
n
 
'sinecurist
 
n

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sinecure
1662, "church benefice without parish duties," from M.L. beneficium sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from L. sine "without" + cura, ablative sing. of cura "care" (see cure).
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Example sentences
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.
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